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Christmas Cookies.

     This is the season when I want to try all those cookie recipes that I’ve never made before.  I don’t seem to ever get to very many of them…if any.  We always make our old standbys every year.  You know, the ones that everybody always likes and never gets tired of?  Not to mention they are tradition and I love traditions.  I’ve had a few people ask me to share some favourite cookie recipes so, I decided to share a couple of our family favourites with you.
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Snail’s Tails

     Odd name for a cookie, I know, but they are so good.  Besides, they are the simplest thing ever.  Only three ingredients in the dough.  Yeah, I told you it was simple!

    •16 oz. sour cream
    •1 lb. butter
    •4 cups flour

Cream sour cream and butter together then add flour.  Chill for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

    •1 ½ cups sugar
    •1 tsp. cinnamon
    •1 ½ cups chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans are best.)

Combine sugar, cinnamon, and nuts in a bowl.
Divide dough into ten equal portions. Roll out each portion as you would a pie crust and sprinkle about 1/3 cup of the sugar mixture on each round. Cut into eight wedges. Roll up each wedge starting at the wide end and rolling toward the point. Bake on a greased cookie sheet in a 350° oven for 20 – 25 minutes.  Remove cookies from pan and place on a wire rack and let cool.

     Sounds good, right?  I mean come on, it’s got a pound of butter in it!  Who wouldn’t like it?  Widen your horizon (and maybe your waist-band too…?) Christmas only comes once a year.
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Sugar Cookies

      Sugar cookies are such a classic and they work for any holiday.  I just made some today with a two-year old and a five-year old, Hence the flour all over mr. reindeer in the photo. There was flour everywhere!  There were lots of laughs too. 

     • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 3 teablespoons milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Stir baking powder into flour and set aside.  Cream butter and sugar; add egg and milk and mix well.  Blend in flour mixture and vanilla.  Chill dough for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator. 

To bake: Preheat oven to 400°.  Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness.  Cut with floured cookie cutters.  Place on baking sheet; sprinkle with sugar if desired and bake about 10 minutes until lightly browned.
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     I hope you enjoy these recipes! 

(I know, my blog is slowly turning into a food blog.  There are just so many good recipes to share!)

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