Friday, December 6, 2019

Time to start baking!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Have you started your holiday baking?  I got an early start this year because I asked my brother what he wanted for Thanksgiving dessert. He didn't hesitate to answer: CUT-OUT COOKIES!

Of course, I used my favorite cookie recipe, and it's one that the Cozy Chicks used on a promotional postcard. Sadly, they're all gone now, but I kept one for me. But I'm happy to share it with you now. Personally, if using almond extract, I double the amount. (And tossing in a little vanilla extract won't hurt, either.)

(If you want to make a copy, put your mouse on the recipe snd right click; when the little menu comes up, choose SAVE AS.)

I didn't decorate all of them. They freeze really well (and for a LONG time. A couple of years ago, I forgot there was a container of them in my freezer and didn't eat them until a year later. They still tasted GOOD.)

As for icing them, I use a really simple recipe:

2 cups powdered sugar sifted
6-8 teaspoons milk
4 teaspoons corn syrup*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
food coloring optional

Sift powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Add 6 teaspoons milk, corn syrup, and extract. Stir vigorously until icing is smooth.
If needed, add additional milk to thin icing more. You've reached the correct consistency for frosting if a scoop of icing slowly falls off the spoon. If making colored icing, divide into bowls and add food coloring.

Note: I didn't have any corn syrup (and honestly, do you actually NEED more sugar?) and the icing turned out fine.

Here's a batch I made.  My brother pronounced them "Yummy!" (Yes, he actually said that.)

What's your favorite holiday cookie?


P.S.  If you haven't already got your copy of The Cozy Chicks Kitchen, which is filled with wonderful recipes, including cookies and candies great for the holiday season, you can get it now!  (Makes a great gift, too!)

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Annette Gavigan said...

Baking Christmas cookies is my favorite holiday activity.

Meg85242 said...

Need to try this recipe, especially the icing!

Matte Blk, Catalyst4Christ said...