Sunday, December 20, 2009

A few of my favorite things....

Well, it's that time of year, where we start the inevitable binge on Christmas desserts. Thankfully we are celebrating Christmas at my parent's house this year, so I don't have to make as much as I normally do. I still got requests though, from my Mother in Law on her favorites, when she comes after Christmas. So I've started baking, storing my completed creations in coolers in the garage. That's one of the things I love about living in Ontario, it's cold enough to freeze things outside, LOL. Comes in handy since we've still yet to buy a freezer.

So far my list is half completed. I've made Chow Mein Noodle Cookies and Knock You Naked Brownies, which you can find on previous posts. The recipes I'd like to share with you today are Lemon Graham Squares and Roll Out Sugar Cookies. I first made the lemon squares last Christmas. I normally make lemon squares with a shortbread crust, so thought I'd see what this recipe was like. Hubby and I love lemon, so I knew they wouldn't be wasted. I have to say I prefer these to my original lemon bars. I find they taste tangier and the brown sugar in the crust add a deep, warm and comforting feel to them. These are super easy to make and taste amazing.

When Mr.B was 2, I had a vision in my head of the perfect Christmas, complete with us decorating sugar cookies, as a family. My vision didn't turn out the way I had wanted it too, but the cookies were divine. I've been making them every Christmas since. And the vision of the perfect Christmas is also improving with every passing year, now that Mr.B is getting older and more patient.


Queenie sat on the sidelines for these, and was the sprinkle Quality Control Girl, LOL.


I let Mr.B roll, cut out and decorate 1/3 of the dough. I kept the rest for me to roll and frost with a really great frosting I found on Cooking for your Family. It was a nice evening with the kids, who enjoyed sampling one of Mr.B's creations, before bed.


Rolled Sugar Cookies
Submitted by Maureen via Pillsbury

1 Cup sugar
1 Cup margarine or butter
3 TBS milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt

Heat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine sugar, margarine, milk, vanilla and egg; mix well. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt; mix well.
On lightly floured surface, roll out 1/3 of dough at a time to 1/8 in. thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Place one inch apart on ungreased cookies sheet.
Bake 5-9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets

Sugar Cookie Icing
Submitted by Kris, adapted from allrecipes

1 C powdered sugar
1 heaping, slightly overflowing T of milk
1 level T of light corn syrup
1/8 tsp of almond extract*
choice of food coloring

Mix all ingredients together well. Seperate in small bowls and tint with food coloring. If you're adding sprinkles to the cookies, add them quickly, before this icing hardens on the cookie. If the icing has sat, untouched, for a while, you may need to stir it to soften it up again. This recipe needs to be doubled in order to have enough to frost all the cookies from Maureen's recipe. I just divided it into different bowls to make all the different colors I wanted.


Lemon Graham Squares
Submitted by: ~Mommy2Jeremy&Tyler~

1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter, melted

In a bowl, combine the milk and lemon juice; mix well and set aside. In another bowl, combine cracker crumbs, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in butter until crumbly. Press half of the crumb mixture into a greased 9 inch square baking dish. Pour lemon mixture over crust; sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Bake at 375* for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting into squares. (Makes 3 dozen)
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We Want Tessert said...

Look how long her hair is! 'Haven't seen a picture in a while. The cookies are beautiful---great colors!

Hun said...

Thanks!! I really need to take a pic of her hair when it's wet. It goes halfway down her back!!


Thanks so much for linking up, I can't wait to start baking this weekend! I will be maing sugar cookies too!


I am also hosting a 12 Days of Christmas Goodies, so make sure you come back every day in December and link up a Christmas Goodie!


sugarswings said...

i can't wait til my kiddos want to help decorate...right now they'd much rather eat the decorations....! Awesome sugar cookies!

SnoWhite said...

Those lemon grahams look like a fun treat - something different on that Christmas cookie plate :)