My cookies this year are....
These are technically Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Teacakes, but my grandmother gave up on us calling them that years ago!
1 cup butter1/2 cup confectioners' sugar1/4 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 cup chopped pecans1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration1/4 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Cream the butter with 1/2 cup of the confectioners' sugar and the vanilla. Mix in the flour, nuts and salt. Roll about 1 tablespoon or so of dough into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Do not allow these cookies to get too brown. It's better to undercook them than to overcook them. While cookies are still hot roll them in confectioners' sugar. Once they have cooled roll them in confectioners' sugar once more. Variation: add some finely crushed candy canes to the confectioners' sugar used for the final dusting.
i love to give cookies in unique packaging
i love to recycle vintage items.
reuse vintage linens. tie up in pretty bows.
reuse vintage serving trays
Both of these items can be picked up at any local antique store.
They are pretty inexspensive, and show that you took the extra effort to make the gift special.
while im baking i love to have hot chocolate, with lots of marshmellows.
i also love these...
"Frozen Cranberry Maragrita's"
1 (10-oz.) can frozen mojito mix
3/4 cup tequila
1/4 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender. Fill blender with ice to 5-cup level, and process until smooth. Serve immediately.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Triple Sec for orange liqueur.
I love to make differant kinds of cookie ornaments every year.
If you have a kitchen tree, these are a fabulous addition.
These are so easy.
Use cookie cutters you allready have on hand.
Or hit your local dollar store.
Decorate with sweet pictures, and cute pieces of leftover wrapping paper.
Hang with beautiful ribbons, and enjoy!
These next ones are so fragrant and simply beautiful.
3/4 cup applesauce
1 bottle (4.12 ounces) McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground
1Preheat oven to 200°F.
2Mix applesauce and cinnamon with hands in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap; cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Make a hole in top of ornament with drinking straw. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
3Bake for 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)
4Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. May be decorated with opaque paint markers found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.
Heres a list of all our
2. Lori Goree
4. Ali Gripp
5. Joanna lewis
9. Jeannine P
11. Michelle Geller
15. Sasha Libby
16. Barb Burkard
17. Karen Young
18. Lindsey & Twyla
19. Jenny Foster
24. Sarah Huckman
26. Julie Weller
31. Monica Anderson
32. Heidi Gordan
33. Cindy Gilstrap
36. Heather Rowley
37. Suzanne Duda
38. Andrea Tarling
42. Heather Ales
43. Yin Zhen