Monday, December 5, 2011

our favorite sugar cookies

the bright sun rays beaming through the windows warms my shivering body this morning.  it's been frigid!  
lol, annie is my default model around here.  i'm always asking her to pose for my posts.  hopefully these pictures were pretty easy peasy for her as she also adores these red & green sprinkled trees.

annie turns four this week!  she is sweeter than any cookie could ever hope to be! annie is our little Christmas Angel. from the time she arrived on a cold, snowy night and everyday thereafter (give or take a few) she has been the happiest, sweetest little thing ever!  she's my little sidekick, my snuggle buddy and big helper.

i love you more than you'll ever know little sis!

it's been a long time since we've rolled out dough and cut out cookies!  for the last few years i've tried to be good and not make them... knowing all too well that i'd be the one snarfing down most of them.
  this year i decided to heck with it!  i like to think my kids will have fond memories of making them with mom :) and they're also my favorite!
so, santa's in good chubby company, but we'll be jolly & filled with loads holiday cheer!
here's our favorite sugar cookie recipe:

Sugar Cookies
Preheat oven to 325º
2/3 C crisco
1 C sugar
2 eggs
Combine these first three ingredients well, then add the rest
3 C flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 c sour cream
Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges are barely golden

Favorite Frosting
1/3 C butter, softened
4 C powdered sugar
1/4 C milk
1/2 t vanilla
pinch of salt
*1/2 t almond extract, optional (I usually don't add this)
Slowly blend butter and powdered sugar until incorporated.  Slowly add a steady stream of milk.  Add the vanilla, salt and *almond extract.  Blend well and add more milk if needed for frosting spreading consistency.

before you run off and start baking, shopping or cleaning, take a few minutes and check out this spirit of Christmas!  my heart loves!

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