Monday, December 08, 2008
Getting in the holiday spirit
Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications Christmas Cookies 1998
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup butter (no substitutes)
2 tablespoons colored sprinkles I used about 3 tbsp.
STIR together flour and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in butter till mixture resembles fine crumbs and starts to cling. Stir in sprinkles. Form mixture into a ball and knead until smooth.
ROLL OR PAT dough on an ungreased cookie sheet into an 8x5" rectangle. Cut into 1/2 inch squares. I used my pizza cutter. Separate the squares on the cookie sheet.
BAKE in a 325°F oven for 12-14 minutes or till bottoms just start to brown. Transfer to wire racks covered with wax paper to cool. Makes about 160.
I don't usually test run my Christmas cookie recipes but I won't have time to experiment this year so I gave this recipe a whirl yesterday.
I'm always looking for festive recipes that taste good and don't require a lot of work. I'm not into cookies that are cute just for the sake of being cute. Taste is most important but I still want my cookie trays to look Christmas-y. These little cookies are a nice way to add some pop to a cookie tray. The recipe only makes about enough cookies to fill a cereal bowl but it's so easy, you can quickly whip up a few batches, especially if you use your food processor (I used mine to cut in the butter, then I added the sprinkles and continued by hand.)
My dough was a little dry which was likely my fault. I might have been a bit heavy-handed with the flour. Because it was a tad dry, my edges were a bit rougher than they should have been so I made a note to be more careful measuring my flour next time.
I used to eagerly look forward to the cookie magazines that come out around the holidays. When I started baking Christmas cookies after I was out on my own, those magazines are where I found most of my recipes. After a while I didn't seem to be finding many new recipes in them so I stopped buying them but I kept the old ones and had fun going through them this weekend. Some of them are quite stained.
Question of the Day: Are you ready for the holidays? I'm getting closer but I don't think I'm ever 100% ready.