Christmas In July

Frosted Butter CookiesFrosted Butter Cookies

Cookies:

  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 ½ sticks (1/2 pound plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups all- purpose flour

Frosting:

  • 4 large pasteurized egg whites
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoons almond extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 to 6 teaspoons milk, if needed
  • Food coloring gel (optional)
  • Sprinkles, jimmies, sanding sugar (optional)

For the cookies: In a large bowl, with electric mixer at high speed, beat the powdered sugar, butter egg yolks, salt almond extract, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the flour and beat on low speed until large clumps of dough form. The dough will look too dry at first, so be patient. Pour the dough clumps onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Gather into a ball & flatten into a disk. Cover with a second sheet of plastic wrap and roll to 1/8 inch thickness. It will be a very large piece of dough. Slide onto a rimmed baking sheet to keep the dough flat and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Discard the plastic wrap. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Stamp out cookies with cutters of your choice. Simple shapes with clean edges work best. Arrange the cookies on the lined baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden brown on the edges, 12-15 minutes, depending on size. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet.

For the frosting: In a large glass or metal bowl, with electric mixer at low speed, beat the egg whites until frothy. Beat in the vanilla and almond extract. With the mixer running, add the powder sugar 1 cup at a time. Beat on low speed until smooth Increase the speed to high and beat until still, shiny peaks form, 5 to 7 minutes. Decorate the cookies as desired.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies depending on size & shape

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Decorated Sugar CookiesDecorated Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all- purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • Royal icing

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well. Combine flour, soda and salt; add to creamed mixture, blending well. (Dough will be very stiff.) Divide dough into thirds; roll each portion to 1/8- inch thickness on lightly floured waxed paper. Cut with desired cutters, and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 deg. For 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Spoon red Royal icing into a pastry bag fitted with a No. 3 round tip, and pipe outlines on cookies. Fill in between outlines by piping green connecting stars, using a No. 16 or No. 18 metal tip. Let icing dry. Yield: about 5 dozen.

Royal Icing:

  • 3 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
  • Red and green paste food coloring

Beat egg whites (at room temperature) and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl at medium speed of an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add sugar, mixing well. Beat 5 to 7 minutes. Tint one- fourth of icing red; tint remaining icing green. Yield icing for about 5 dozen cookies. Note: Icing dries very quickly; keep covered at all times with plastic wrap. Food coloring may be substituted or omitted if icing is used for other cookie recipes.

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Christmas In July

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (14 oz.) package chocolate kiss candies

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; blend well. Stir in flour. Press dough from a cookie press 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets, using a star or other desired shaped cutter. Bake 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Press a chocolate kiss in center of each warm cookie, point side up. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 6 dozen.

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Christmas In July

Christmas Gingerbread MenChristmas Gingerbread Men

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk, unbeaten
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups plain flour, sifted

Cream shortening and sugar together. Add molasses and egg yolk. Blend well. Add salt, soda, baking powder and spices. Slowly add sifted flour. Roll out dough and cut with gingerbread man cookie cutter. Bake 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Decorate. Yields 2-3 dozen, depending on size of cutter.

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Getting Ready For Christmas

Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats

 Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ oz. graham crackers
  • 4 oz. icing or powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa
  • 4 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon or dissolved instant coffee
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

 Method:

Put the graham crackers into a clean plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to crush them until they make fine crumbs. Sift the sugar and cocoa into a big bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the butter, coffee and vanilla. Pour the crumbs into the bowl. Mix them in. Then, use your hands to squeeze the mixture into a ball. Break off pieces of the mixture and roll them into small balls. Make them about the size of walnuts. Put the finished balls onto a large plate. Leave them in a cool place until they become firm.

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Christmas In July

Delicate Almond Cookies

Delicate Almond Cookies

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp. almond extract

 Method:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine butter, oil and peanut butter. Cream in sugar. Add flour and stir. In separate bowl, combine water, baking powder, baking soda, egg and almond extract. Mix well and pour into middle of flour mixture. Stir well. Roll into teaspoon size balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool. Store in airtight container.

Makes 8 dozen cookies

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Marshmallow Ice Cream Cone Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (about 16 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 6 ice cream sugar cones, broken into pieces
  • 1 container (about 16 oz.) white frosting
  • 1 package (about 10 oz.) colored miniature marshmallows
  • Colored sprinkles

Method:

Let dough stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place sugar cones in food processor. Process using on/off pulsing action until finely ground. Combine dough and sugar cones in large bowl, beat until well blended. Shape dough into 3 equal balls. Pat each ball into 9 inch circle on lightly floured surface. Cut each circle into 6 wedges, place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. While cookies are still warm, score crisscross pattern into cookies. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks, cool completely. Spread 2 inch strip of frosting at wide end of each cookie. Press marshmallows into frosting, top with sprinkles.

Makes 1 ½ dozen cookies

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Count Down To Christmas

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Use Christmas cookie cutters to make these delicious cookies more festive.

 

Orange Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange peel
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Method:

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, orange peel and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Cover and chill for 2 hours or until easy to handle.

On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to ½ inch thickness. Cut with a lightly floured 3 inch round cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

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