Dec 18

Christmas Cookies

Rolling the DoughKaren and I try to do lots of things during Christmas time to help us get into the spirit of the season.  However, sometimes things that we want to do just do not happen.  We get too busy or money gets allocated to other things and what we had planned for this Christmas season just did not work out.  For example, we put up a tree every year that we have been together.  We love putting up our Christmas ornaments that represent things that we have done or something about each other and reminisce about those experiences, and putting up a Christmas tree becomes one of our highlights of the holiday.  This year because we are redoing the floor in our great room and placing tile in our kitchen our house has become a wreck and it does not look like we are going to put up a tree this year.  We keep telling ourselves that it all will be worth it when it is done. 
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Not putting up a Christmas tree has not hampered our Christmas spirit because we have stuck to some of our other holiday traditions like making our Christmas cookies.  Well, Karen does the making and I just pretty much do the eating, but occasionally she will have me stir so I guess that counts right? After we got done with placing down some tile on our Kitchen floor I was sent to local grocery store to get some of the ingredients that we would need. 
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  • 1 and half cups butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • Half cup brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Once I was back with the ingredients that we needed Karen went to work making some cookies.  She took a large bowl and mixed together the butter (melted in the microwave) and sugar until silky.  Next she took the eggs, mixed them in, next came the vanilla, followed by the flour, and then the baking powder and salt.  We mixed all the ingredients together until it was smooth and well combined then placed a cover over the bowl and placed it in the refrigerator overnight.  The hardest part to this recipe is the wait. 
cookies 6The next night we took some of the dough from the bowl and rolled it out on a floured surface.  We then took out our cookie cutters and made some snowflakes.  While we were cutting out our shapes Karen preheated the oven to 400 degrees F.  After the oven was preheated I switched it to the bake setting and put the cookies in the oven.  Our oven is an older model and it takes a little bit longer for the cookies to cook.  They were in the oven for about 12 minutes.  We took them out when they looked lightly golden and set them on the counter top to cool.  We still have plenty of dough left-over and whenever we run out which does not take very long we will make some more.
cookies 5After we waited on them to cool, we took out a tub of Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting and put it in a Ziploc bag.  Next we cut off the tip of the bag and now we had a handheld frosting dispenser.  We were then ready to begin the decoration process.  After decorating we placed a few cookies on a plate, got a glass of milk, and put in one of our favorite Christmas Movies White Christmas.  Even without a tree we were still able to enjoy the warmth of Christmas. 
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Original recipe by Jill Saunders- Karen and I added a half cup of brown sugar.

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