Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Cookies!

After I received a comment, I realized I didn't post the recipe! Sorry!!!
Sugar Cookies
1 c. butter
1 c. confectioner's sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t. flavored extract... (orange)  Orange Emulsion is the best flavor. LINK to Orange Emulsion
1 t. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 t. salt
fine zest from one orange

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and extracts.
Combine flour and salt. Add and beat until barely mixed.
Roll out to 1/4 in.
Cut with cookie cutters.
Bake 375 7 - 9 min.

Variations: I use orange or lemon extracts with fresh zest. They are DELICIOUS!!! Very tender and nice.

One comment I will make is that I never make a single batch. I use those 3" Wilton cookie cutters, and even a double batch only makes like 2 dozen cookies. I usually make 2 to 3 double batches to make LOTS of cookies!

Check back for my Valentine's cookies. They are already in the planning phase!

I found a recipe last year (Christmas 2007) for sugar cookies. They have never been my favorite, but this recipe has totally changed my outlook! I have the Wilton cutters, cookie decorations, and the frosting in the bottles, and make them now for every holiday. This is how my trees turned out this year. Aren't they gorgeous! I made cookies for Easter, and they looked just terrible compared to these. Technique really counts!

We are going to visit a dear friend, and they will be going to her neighbors.
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