There comes a time every Christmas season, when all the gifts and bought and wrapped (I finished up my last knitting gift today 🙂
I have finally finished baking for Christmas,
– Toffee Bars – that I make every year at Christmas
– Sugar Cookies frosted with vanilla candy melts and a Peppermint Hershey’s Kiss
– Pie Crust cookies filled with my homemade strawberry preserves and dusted with sanding sugar
I wasn’t the only one in our house baking for Christmas.
|Gracie and Kai in 2005. (It was Kai’s first Christmas since we adopted him. Gracie has always had a tendency to hold his ear now and then – not sure why 😉|
|7 kids, cookie dough, frosting and sprinkles….the perfect combination.|
|Ruthie had fun making stripes with the royal icing.|
|My sister stopped by to help us frost the cookies.|
|My husband and son were the official taste testers (pardon the messy kitchen – I seriously haven’t had time to clean)|
|Checking out some of the finished cookies.|
|Here are more….|
I use a special recipe for my sugar cookies that stays chewy and moist….
1 (17 oz) package sugar cookie mix
4 oz cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add all ingredients and mix together (the dough will be thick).
Roll out to 1/4″ thickness on floured surface and start using your cookie cutters (I find it helps to dip my cookie cutters in flour before cutting into the dough).
Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 10 minutes.
Decorate with icing and lots of sprinkles 🙂