Christmas Treasures

Tis the season for present wrapping and treat making and picture taking!

It’s been a fun few weeks leading up to the big day-Which is now only NINE days away. I can’t believe it. On friday night Josh and I will head to Georgia on our long 19 hour car journey with Henry by our side. (er…in the trunk…) Its funny, we made the trip last year and swore when we got back that we’d never drive to Georgia again. Yet, here we go…

Last weekend my friends Cole and Leena came over and we made/decorated cookies. I’ve made this particular type of sugar cookies before and LOVE them. They are so great by themselves without frosting, which means they are great when you decorate with royal icing, which tends to be…um…pretty yucky if you ask me. But it always looks great in the end. I just can’t stay away from that dang royal icing. Curses!

Anywhoo, here’s my favorite sugar cookie recipe

(Thank you “Bake at 350” for this fabulous recipe!)

Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:
3 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sugar (I use sugar that I’ve stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold and cut into chunks
1 egg
3/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and cold butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.

The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.

Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut out shapes on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Here’s the finished product before the were gobbled up by various friends and family members.

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Besides making cookies, I’ve also been doing a lot of posing next to Christmas trees and laying by fires with my dog. I know I know, I lead such an exciting life. But hey, now that school is over until mid-January, what do you expect a girl to do?

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Just a few days left to run some last minute errands and pack before we head to the A-T-L. So excited to spend some much needed time with our families and friends there. Merrrrrrrry Christmas

And do yourself a favor and MAKE THOSE COOKIES. Your friends will thank you. 🙂

One thought on “Christmas Treasures

  1. hownottokillyourparents says:

    Those cookies look amazing. That’s a really great idea about storing vanilla beans in sugar. I am so going to have to try that.

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