Friday, December 17, 2010

I'm dreaming of a WARM Christmas.

The weather this week has been crazy.  This is supposed to be Georgia, not Indiana!  It started out unseasonably cold, like down in the teens, and ended up in the 60's.  I mean... I'm not complaining about the 60 degree weather, but the teens!, you northerners can keep your cold weather, thank you very much!  As for me, I'm dreaming of a warm Christmas ♪♪♫ ...just like the one we had 2 years ago...♫♪♪

We've had a busy but fun week though.  After braving the extremely cold weather on Monday to go to the store, we did some Christmas cookie making on Tuesday.  All the kids took part...even little Liberty.  As you can see in the pictures, she is in nearly every one of them, trying to get her hands in the dough {and the dough into her mouth}.  It was memories in the making!

If you'd like to make some too, here is the recipe.  You can do A LOT of different variations with this recipe, so experiment and have fun!  My favorite was adding lemon extract.

Butter Balls {snow balls}
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • optional ingredients:  pecans, almonds, food coloring, *flavors or extracts {I used 1 tsp. lemon extract} 2 tsp. cinnamon {the cinnamon ones turned out really good too}
  • powdered sugar {enough to cover cookies when cool}
Beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, beat until fluffy. Add flour, and beat at low speed until well blended, stir in extra ingredients if you are adding them.  If you add flavors or extracts, you may have to add just a little bit more flour if dough is sticky.  Shape into one inch balls. Bake at 325 degrees on  ungreased cookie sheet for 20 minutes. Remove and put on wire rack to cool. Roll in confectioners' sugar when cool.
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