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Friday, December 8, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 11 Christy Johnson's Lemon Meltways

This recipe comes from a sweet lady at church.  She opens her home to ladies from church and teaches us her amazing cinnamon roll recipe.  She also shares other recipes with us in a nice little book. This is one of those recipes.  I thought this lemon recipe would be a nice addition to all the other cookies I have made.  I look at this recipe as a palate cleanser like sherbet.  These are a nice slightly tart cookie.  
The powdered sugar balances the tartness in these cookies.
I think this recipe wins the prize for having the fewest ingredients.  That is always a winner.
Zest one orange
Then juice the orange
Start with 3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons butter.  This is 1 stick and 6 Tablespoons
1 cup powered sugar
Now the zest from the orange
2 Tablespoons of the fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix the dough well.  The lemon smells so good.
Now roll the cookies out into small balls.  I froze mine. To bake preheat oven to 350.  Bake for 13 minutes.  Cool for about 5 minutes before the next step. 
When you are ready to bake yours pour out a little powdered sugar into a small dish.
Roll the cookie around in the dough to coat well.  You will want to roll the cookie while it is still warm.  Be careful and don't roll too hard and break your cookie.
I think you will like the lemon flavor of this cookie. 

Christy Johnson's Lemon Meltway Cookie Recipe

1 stick plus 6 Tablespoons softened butter
1 cup powered sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350.  Bake for 13 minutes.  Roll in powdered sugar. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 13 Butter Pecan Cookies

Who doesn't love the butter pecan flavor?  Whether it is in ice cream or cookies the smooth buttery flavor with the saltiness of the pecans. The perfect blend of flavors.  This is a cookie that won't disappoint. You can add a little extra salt on top as you get ready to bake if you like. 

This cookie is so good when it is warm from the oven.  It's not bad cold either. 
This is a very basic cookie recipe with pecans.
Start with 2 sticks softened butter.  Now you know why I was looking for butter on sale.
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar.  Mix well
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans.  I would use the food processor to get them chopped fine enough.
Look at that batter with all the pecans in it.
In a separate bowl 1/3 cup sugar
Roll your cookie dough in the sugar.  You can add some sea salt as well.
Ready for the freezer.
I was going to sprinkle some sea salt on top before I put them in the freezer but then decided that it would probably fall off.  So I am going to put some on the top when I bake them.
Make sure you label your bags well before you put them in the freezer. 
To bake the cookies place in a preheated 350 oven.  Bake for 11-12 minutes. 

Butter Pecan Cookie Recipe

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
2 sticks softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

In another bowl
1/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Bake for 11-12 minutes. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 15 Caramel Apple Snickerdoodles

Indulge me a little bit here.  I know we think of apples and caramel as fall flavors but I found this recipe and had to try it. So it is going to be a Christmas cookie.  I uses apple cider in the dough so that is Christmassy isn't it?  Go ahead and try them.  I don't think anyone will be turning them down.

This cookie smells so good while it is baking.  You will want to bake them year round for that smell in your kitchen. 
This recipe uses two special ingredients; caramel bits and the apple cider powdered mix.  Keep the caramel bits in the pantry all the time because they really come in handy.  They are easier to use than the caramels you have to unwrap.
Start with 2 sticks softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
Mix well.
2 eggs
Mix that again.
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pkg of apple cider drink mix
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup caramel bits.  Mix all this together.
In a separate bowl mix 1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
Mix that well.
Drop the cookie balls in the mixture and roll.
Here are my cookies ready for the freezer.  To bake preheat oven to 350.  Bake for 9-11 min.
Let cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes.
Then enjoy this tasty cookie.

Caramel Apple Snickerdoodles Recipe

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
 2 packets apple cider drink mix
2 sticks softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup caramel bits

In separate bowl
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350.  Bake 9-11 minutes.