I love sugar cookies anytime of the year, but there is something special about making them at Christmastime. These cookies bring back wonderful memories as I have been making this recipe with my mom since I was a little girl. I helped her decorate these then and I love them just as much today!
Christmas Sugar Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream together shortening, sugar and vanilla. Then add eggs and beat for about 1 minute, making sure all is creamy.
Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
Divide dough into 4 bowls or separate in large bowl and chill for 1 hour.
Let dough sit out for about 20 minutes. Then roll out on floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
Bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes then put on wire rack.
I love Sallys Baking Addiction and her seasonal cookie palooza. Every day she posts new cookies and I come home ready to start baking! I would love to try them all.
Since I can’t do that, I choose my favorites and try to at least make a few each holiday season. She had these cookies on her blog a few years ago and I tried them for a cookie exchange. I absolutely fell in love with these and so did everyone who tried them.
I am attaching her link to the recipe for you to try yourself. I also have it listed under cookies on this blog. I think you will enjoy these as much as I do. And by the way…my house smells amazing today!
M&M Cookies and Milk
2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup + 2 tsp of light brown sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tsp of sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening (or butter flavor shortening) I use Crisco.
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup M&Ms
Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl
Beat the shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla together in mixer. Add the eggs, then slowly pour in the dry ingredients.
Stir in the M&Ms by hand and drop on cookie sheet. I add extra M&Ms on top!
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (depending on your oven) or until just golden brown. Cool then place on wire rack.
What do you do when a sweet friend, who happens to be expecting a baby in August, asks for something made with lemons? You find a lemon loaf recipe of course! I love this sweet treat and I think you will also! Give it a try. You can find recipe here.
This was delicious!
We love baking sweets on all occasions and love celebrating our freedom!
Sprinkles shortbread cookies...yummy! Find recipe here.
Chocolate covered Pretzels…always a winner! Find recipe here.
Red, White and Blue Chocolate covered peanuts…perfect combo! Find recipe here.
Rice Krispie Treats…these are so cute! Find recipe here.
My daughter found this recipe and thought it was so cute, so she made these as well.
Rice Krispie Treats!
I was a little late on July 4th posting…but better late than never, right?
My daughter, Claire, keeps finding recipes she wants to try. That seems to keeps us busy at the store and in the kitchen. While she has changed her mind from wanting to be a chef (at 11 years old) to now wanting to be an event planner…I love seeing her love for food and baking continue! Conversations, laughter and memories are made in the kitchen.
OLD GLORY PIE. Find recipe here. I changed the recipe a bit and used fresh cherries, strawberries and blueberries. YUM!
..But the Best People Are!
Take a peek at our delightful Tea Party for a dear friend who is retiring…
Great Send off, Great Food, Great Book and Great Quotes.
I think this was a great way to spend the day since it is “Always Tea Time.”
“…Sometimes I have believed 6 impossible things before breakfast”
Pretzels are a must!
And of course you must have a backdrop!
“I can’t go back to yesterday,
I was a different person back then.”
“i’m not crazy…my reality is just different than yours.”
Thankful for friendships, creativity, food, fun, good books and great relationships!
Each of my daughters have something that is their signature sweet, something they can make at the drop of a hat and it always turns out delicious. My middle daughter’s signature sweet happens to be these lovely Cake Balls.
These are a bit time consuming and require many steps…but when you bite into one, they are well worth it! Check out my daughter’s recipe here. Cake Pops by Olivia Rhine
I think you will see they are well worth your time and energy. ENJOY!
Day 3 of the 3-Day Quote Challenge!
(sorry I did not keep the 3 consecutive days in a row for quotes…life got in the way, but here is my final quote)
There are so many amazing quotes that inspire us and challenge us to live better and become better people. However,since I wanted to have all my quotes about food, it was a bit limiting.
As I read this quote it makes me remember that food prepared with love just makes others feel good. It can inspire us, lift our spirits and turn a meeting into a party! Julia Child always got it right!
Enjoy your day!
Here are my 3 nominations today:
The Road Trip Cowgirl
Help Down the Rabbit Hole