I hope your Thanksgiving was everything you expected. We had a wonderful meal pretty much right on time and per usual I only forgot one thing, we were putting all the sides into serving bowls when my daughter asked where the peas were? Oops I guess it was the peas this year. I seem to forget something that I had planned every year. One year I left the rolls in the oven. Another year was the cranberry sauce was forgotten in the fridge. You would think with all my crazy list writing and checking off I would remember everything. Maybe I should write another list to make sure to check my original list. I know that’s a little crazy talk right there.
This week I will be spending some of it decorating for the next holiday, making cookie doughs for the freezer and shopping. We are taking a few days off and spending it exploring Portland Maine. Though usually this week we are sitting on a beach somewhere warm we are still not planning on traveling outside the US any time soon. So we will be breaking out our winter gear, park our car and do a lot of walking, eating and drinking. Similar to what happens on our warm vacations just with more clothes on.
If you are looking for a fantastic sugar cookie recipe, this is one for you. Every time I make them they always taste amazing. They make a lot of cookies, depending on the size you cut them and I love having them in the freezer for a bite of something sweet.
You can cut and decorate them anyway you like. I love the snowflakes and blue and white frosting was easy and fun to decorate with. My husband actually likes them without any frosting, I know what’s wrong with him, I mean they are good but I want them frosted.
- 2¼ cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ cup butter softened
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 large eggs
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 7 cups cake flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
Cream the first five ingredients until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl.
Add cream and vanilla and mix slightly. Sift the cake flour and baking powder and add to the mix. Making sure to not over mix.
Chill dough overnight, working in quarters, roll out to ¼ inch thickness and cut out shapes using cookie cutters of any shape.
If you don’t have time to decorate with icing you can brush a little milk on each cookie and sprinkle with sugar. Or leave as is, that’s how my husband likes them
Icing – 2 cups of confectioners sugar with a little milk, it should be thick and just thin enough so it flows out of a pastry bag. if you want color; separate the icing into different bowls. add a drop of two of the color you are looking for
pre-heat oven to 385°FBake for 10 minutes – be careful to not over bake – cookies should be lightly baked and will be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
recipe: NHMagazine Dec 2016