Today in the Kitchen – Christmas Cookies
Amélie and I decided that we would wait ’til she was a bit older for The Nutcracker so today, when her Daddy and Big Brother left for the Museum of Science and Industry on their “Daddy Date” we had our “Momma Date” in the kitchen… five hours of baking… just me-n-her and a little Hoolie in between naps.
What a joy she is… I let her mix, squirt, lick, spread and eat.  It was so precious.  As the middle child I don’t get the one on one time with her that I would like to.  I simply must be more intentional about that.  She is such a delight.
We made our Auntie Ruthie’s infamous Christmas Cookies (With my new MIXER!) and though I videoed it, I went to make you a little movie and the dang thing needed a charge.  I am so anxious to do more cooking and decorating videos for P.F.
You will need:
3 1/2 cups of flour
3 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening (2014 update…  I ONLY use LARD these days!!!!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons of creme of tartar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
Mix.  Chill several  hours or overnight.
For Frosting
1 stick butter
4 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons vanilla (I use one)
Bake at 350 on a cookie sheet.
Decorate with fun goodies like these or these.
Try not to eat all of them.
 I can’t stand it.
 Momma and her girls, a self portrait.  You try holding my camera with that huge lens out in front of you!
 Our accomplishment?  A whole countertop full of cookies for the neighbors and church.
 I tried to make a Marie Antoinette cookie… I think she is so sweet.  I would have so much fun making dozens of these with the really sparkly, gold and silver embellishments that you can buy!  Wouldn’t that be fun for a party???
 So good you can eat them plain!
Bon Appetit!
A bientôt!