Friday, December 28, 2012

A Glimpse of Christmas

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without cookies.
Sand Dabs
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ¼ cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup pecans, chopped
1.Cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
2.Whisk together flour and salt and add gradually to butter mixture.
3.Stir in pecans.
4.Chill if dough is too soft.
5.Form into small balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.
6.Bake at 400º for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly brown.
7.Cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar.

 Snickerdoodles (adapted from Taste of Home)
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 tablespoon sugar, divided
1 egg
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1.Beat butter and 1 cup of sugar until fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.
2.Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually add to butter mixture.
3.In small bowl combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.
4.Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar.
5.Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes.

Orange Cookies (adapted from Your HomeBased Mom)
2 cups flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ sticks butter
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1 egg
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 to 3 tablespoons orange juice.
1 ½ cup powdered sugar

1.Beat butter, sugar and 1 tablespoon orange zest until fluffy.
2.Add egg and extract. Mix until combined.
3.Add flour and baking soda until combined.
4.Spoon onto a ungreased cookie sheet.
5.Bake 350° about 15 minutes or lightly golden brown.
6.Once cooled, mix powdered sugar, juice and remaining orange zest together. Spread on cookies.


1 comment:

Beth said...

I enjoyed seeing your decorations! And your cookies look delicious.