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.
Yummy Christmas treats.
I grew up on these at Christmas time as I am sure you did as well. Who can resist peanut butter and chocolate, right? I love this combo and I love that these are so easy to make as well. ENJOY!
PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOMS
Sift together in small bowl:
1 3/4 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
Cream together until smooth in mixer or large bowl: (I use my stand up mixer)
1/2 cup of butter (room temp)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
Add 1 egg (room temp)
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla
Then blend in the dry ingredients and mix well
Shape into 1″ balls
Roll in sugar (or colored sugar or sprinkles)
Place on greased cookie sheet or on parchment paper
Bake at 375 for 8 minutes each
Remove and top each cookie with candy kiss, press until cookie cracks
Cook for 2-4 more minutes, depending on oven
These little cupcakes went all over New York with me and my sisters. I carried them in my purse, in a souvenir bag, asked my sister to hold and even dropped some a few times, all for the sake of an iconic photo op.
PUMPKIN with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
The Food Hall in The Plaza
COCONUT and VANILLA CUPCAKE
from Citarella Gourmet Market in West Village
(fire escape at 39 Christopher St)
HAZELNUT with VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
from One-Girl Cookie Bakery
(DUMBO-love the Manhattan Bridge)
if you look close you can see Empire State Building in between
PURE VANILLA CUPCAKE
from Sweet Revenge in West Village
(one of my faves…and I dropped it right before I took this pic)
LEMON CUPCAKE with LEMON ICING
Citarella Gourmet Market in West Village
(Washington Square Park)
Sweet Revenge in West Village
(lovely open window view)
These are just a few of my favorite cupcakes and bakeries!
When in New York, give one a try.
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!