Hello Lovelies! It's that time of year again...when my Christmas
cookie baking is in full swing. I bake a lot for the holidays
because a) a really enjoy it and b) cookies make wonderful and
inexpensive gifts. I have been asked several times this year for
some cookie recipe sugestions, so I am making a three part series
all about it. I started this years baking off with three recipies
I'd like to share:
Martha's Idea Sugar Cookies
Let's face it, no one does baking quite like Martha, dahling.
And although some of her recipes can get a little fussy, her
ideal sugar cookie recipe is a classic. I've used this recipe
for years and it always gets rave reviews.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons brandy, or milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Yield: about 2 dozen
I always let my dough rest in the refidgerator over night to be
sure it is easy to work with. This recipe was orginally published
in The "Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook" cira
2003. You can find a copy
here at Amazon.
And, naturally, you've got to decorate these lovelies with
Martha's Royal Icing recipe.
1 box confectioners' sugar (1 pound)
5 tablespoons meringue powder, or 2 large egg whites
Yeild: 2 1/3 cups
I use egg whites rather than meringue powder because that is
normally what I have on hand. After your cookies are iced, let them
sit out a bit before storing and the royal icing will become firm
Betty Crocker Thumbprint Cookies
Ahhh, Betty Crocker, oh how I love thee. I can always turn to
you for tried and true recipies likes these
tumbprint cookies. So delicious and festive, these buttery
short bread cookies are topped with a touch of jelly for flavor and
color. I like raspberry jelly, but you can choose your
Here is the recipe as it appears from Betty:
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup butter or margarine, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg separated
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup finely chopped nuts
Yield: about 3 dozen
I made a modification to this recipe and skipped the nuts and
egg wash. Rather, I rolled the chilled dough and use a small daisy
shaped cookie cutter to cut-out the cookies. Then I pressed the
center with a mellon baller, to give a nice round uniform dish, and
baked according to instructions.
Aunt Baby's Checkerboard Cookies
And finally, from Oprah, Aunt
Baby's Checkerboard Cookies. A pretty combination of chocolaty
and buttery flavors (really how could you go wrong with that),
these cookes are pretty simple to make and look lovely on a cookie
plate. Because of their square shape, they also pack and ship well
in the mail.
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (1 envelope) nonfat dry milk
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter or shortening , softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs , well beaten
2 Tbsp. cocoa
Note: For more colorful cookies, substitute red or
green food coloring for cocoa.
Sift together flour, dry milk, baking powder, and salt. Set
Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and stir in vanilla.
Gradually add sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Add well-beaten
eggs, blending until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until well
blended. Divide dough in half. Stir cocoa into one half, blending
well. Shape each half into a rectangle, about 2" x 2" x 6". Tightly
wrap in waxed paper. Chill at least 30 minutes.
Unwrap dough; cut each rectangle into quarters, lengthwise.
Alternately place dark and white quarters side by side to form
checker design. Rewrap in waxed paper and chill slightly.
Slice dough into 1/8-inch pieces and place on ungreased cookie
sheet. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes.
Yield: about 5 dozen
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The pumpkin carving party was a success and a good time was had by
all, including the hostess. I thought I would share a few photos
and some recipes for the treats I whipped up. The pumpkin sugar
cookie cut-outs were a hit. I had a wonderful time baking and
decorating them. I used the classic Crisco
sugar cookie recipe and made my own royal
icing for decorations. I love the royal icing for sugar cookies
because it sets up really nice and makes it easy to display or
package the finished product.
The dining room looked ready for pumpkin carving fun with my
paper jack-o-lumiaries and
paper table cloth with spider web runner.
And the treat table, with candy corn and
Martha's candy corn cookies, along with the pumpkin
sugar-cookie cut outs, was a crowd favorite. I made the paper
scroll "TREATS" sign as a last-minute addition. I printed the text
our onto a piece of parchment card stock, trimmed it like a ribbon
and used the closed edge of a pair of scissors to curl the paper
enough for it to stand on it's own.
Everybody really got into the carving
We had some pretty creative guests and the final result was
Just in case you missed it on Oprah, her royal craftiness has again
bestowed greatness upon us--this time in the for of a 50% off
here to download and the head on out to
Michael's where you can score half off any Martha Stewart product.
Thanks Martha! We are not worthy!
The trend of cuteness on a stick carries over into food, too.
Check these out:
I love, love, love the chocolate mustache 'it's a boy' favors
Bake It Pretty.
Rachael Raychimes in with
Martha, dahling,contributes the
ice-cream-scoop-on-a-stick. And the queen of cake pops
herself, Bakerella,came up with these adorable buzzy bees.
One (or more) of these would make any summer soiree really 'stick'
Well, these are just lovely. What a nice
Thank you for the
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I love these retro
programs from Martha, Dahling. Pretty and simple
and just a wee bit vintage-y.
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