The holiday season is always my favorite time of year. I enjoy cooking the holidays meals and baking.
My favorite staple during this time of year is sugar cookies, not the kind that are the plain old sugar cookies but the ones iced up and adorned with fancy sprinkles like my grandmother used to make. They almost look like little dolls if you spend time in decorating.
I have a million cook books and I have pulled this recipe from one of my older books that have the dates of 1975 in them. I have made some grammar revisions from the original recipe.
What you will need.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg; beaten
3 tablespoons of heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1 cup melted butter
1 cup confection sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 dash of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and mace. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or rub with your hands. When butter pieces are no larger than pea size, stir in the egg, vanilla and heavy cream and mix together.
Lightly sprinkle your area with flour and roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters (be creative). Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.
Bake for 5 to 8 minutes in oven, until the edges begin to brown slightly. Remove cookies from baking sheets to cool on wire racks or you can use a plate. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting: In a medium bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/2 tablespoons of cream and salt until smooth and creamy. Spread on top of cooled cookies (if cookies are warm frosting will run, serve these one the frosting has set up)
You can embellish your cookies with any type of holiday sprinkles, or candies. You can get most from your local grocery but if you want elaborate ones you will need to visit a cake supply store.
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Don't forget about other holiday favs
As the holidays near so does the winter weather; winter boots can make this season more enjoyable.
There are always two options when choosing your next set of winter boots.
You can choose boots that are faux fur; meaning that they are synthetic leather and fur (if they have fur it will be synthetic).
These boots are great for those who practice Veganism. They are also very affordable and can be found at most department stores. Faux boots often come in a vast color variety and a selection of fancy embellishments like sequins and rhinestones.
The second choice is a suede boot, usually made of cow suede or sheepskin suede. They usually feature a shearling lining.
There are several features of the shearling lining that make these boots more appealing. There are great benefits of wearing wool. Natural lanolin is present which is a natural moisturizer and waterproofing agent. Wool is also fire resistant and static free. You will notice that the wool does not pile like synthetic wools over extended time.
Owning a pair of suede boots does require some care which most people aren't aware of.
I will be going over these for you in upcoming posts.
Make sure to stop back by to get great tips for caring for your suede boots!!