Sunday, December 16, 2007

Running out of Time

I usually don't procrastinate with my baking for Christmas, but I have done that this year. I haven't baked anything yet and I'm running out of time. Normally, I have a full day of baking Christmas cookies with my daughter, but this year we just haven't had time.

With the prediction of snow for the weekend, I spent Friday searching the Internet for some new holiday cookie recipes. I found a few good ones, especially on the Betty Crocker site, my personal favorite, and also on

We did get our snow and since the roads are slick, I believe we will be staying home and baking today. After looking at all the recipes, I think we'll stick with the cookies we usually make, Old Fashion Soft Sugar Cookies and Spritz's. Of course, there's always next weekend to make more.

Old Fashion Soft Sugar Cookies

6 C. flour
3 C. confectioner's sugar
1 t. salt
2 t. baking soda
1 C. margarine
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
3 t. vanilla
1 C. sour cream

Sift flour, confectioner's sugar, soda, and salt into a bowl; set aside. Mix together sour cream, egg, and vanilla. Add the sour cream, then gradually add the flour mixture until all is mixed well. It will make a very thick dough. Roll out onto a flour surface and cut with cookie cutters. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees F. Let cool and then spread on frosting and decorate.


2/3 C. sugar
1 C. butter
1 egg
1/2 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
2 1/4 C. flour

Preheat over to 400 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, butter, egg, salt, and vanilla. Beat for about 2-3 minutes until mixture is light and fluffy. Gradually add flour and mix for another 2 - 3 minutes or until well mixed. Place dough into a cookie press. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on cookie sheets and bake for 6 - 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Happy baking,


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