Monday, December 19, 2011

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies!

Wow! Can you believe it?? Only 2 more days of cookie recipes and Christmas is coming quickly behind! 2 more family favorites--one of which is another of my grandmother's recipes for soft sugar cookies, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Sooo good!

Soft Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sour cream

Cream butter to consistency of mayonnaise; add sugar gradually, while continuing to cream the butter. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix and sift flour, salt, baking powder and soda. add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. For 3 inch cookies, drop by heaping teaspoons on well greased cookie sheets, well apart. With spatula, flatten into circles about 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake in hot oven, 400* for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about 30 3 inch cookies.

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Variation
Add 2 squares (2oz) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled, to creamed mixture. Continue as above.

Here is another wonderful no bake Christmas cookie that is wonderful for last minute 'baking'. I loved rolling these in chopped nuts, colored sugar or decorattes. Sooo festive and wonderfully fudge-y. And yet another reason why Nilla wafers exist!!

Chocolate Nuggets

1. Stir 6 oz package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (1 cup) in a 2 quart bowl over hot (not boiling) water until melted. Take from water.
2. Stir in 3 tablespoons corn syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Stir in gradually 1/2 cup Pet Evaporated Milk, then 1/2 cup powdered sugar; then 2 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs (1/2 pound) and 1 cup finely chopped nuts. Mix well. 
3. Let stand about 30 minutes. Then shape into 1-inch balls and roll in about 3/4 cup chocolate decorattes, colored sugars or finely cut nuts. Chill. Makes about 4 1/2 dozen

Truly, sharing these recipes with you really brings back a lot of memories from when I was young, and helping my mom get ready for Christmas. I remember standing in the kitchen helping her and her telling me stories from when she was young and in order to make cookies, and how to wash and clean as you go, so you don't have a kitchen sink FULL of dishes when you are done with a whole days worth of baking and then having to turn around and make dinner. I really miss my mom and those days.

Well, till tomorrow! Take care, enjoy and happy baking!!