Entries from December 18, 2016 - December 24, 2016

Monday
Dec192016

Holiday Project: Grandma's Sugar Cookies

Pictured above- Grandma's cookies, 2001

My grandma Esther, who passed away in 2003, was known for her sugar cookies. She also made rum balls, spritz cookies and more. I have started making her sugar cookies with my son Cam!

Here's the recipe:

    1 1/2 cups butter, softened

    2 cups white sugar

    4 eggs

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    5 cups all-purpose flour

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    1 teaspoon salt


    In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
    Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

And here is her icing recipe, though on these cookies we used a different type of icing. This makes a shiny, drizzly icing that hardens to a shiny finish. It works well with adding food coloring too.

Icing Recipe:


    1 cup confectioners' sugar

    2 teaspoons milk

    2 teaspoons light corn syrup

    1/4 teaspoon almond extract

    assorted food coloring

    In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
    Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

 

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First, I doubled the recipe and mixed everything in my Kitchen Aid mixer. My grandma mixed most of her cookies with a spoon, the old-school way-

Then I wrapped everything in wax paper to chill for a few hours:

Now it's ready to roll! I got out my cookie cutters, including 2 vintage cookie cutters from my grandma-

Cam is my little baker, he loves helping me in the kitchen. Here he is cutting out the cookies!

And here are a few of our finished cookies! Cam my little baker, helped decorate!

 

Monday
Dec192016

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Monday
Dec192016

Under $10 Stocking Stuffers- Huge List

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Monday
Dec192016

Win a $100 Verizon Gift Card #VZWForTheHolidays

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Monday
Dec192016

Dove Men+Care and Axe Gift Packs #DontSweatTheSeason

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Monday
Dec192016

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Monday
Dec192016

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Monday
Dec192016

Target Disney Princess Castle Only $46

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