Sunday, December 21, 2008

it's snowing agin...

and I have to tell you i don't think there is anything that can get me in the spirit more than a beautiful snow fall. i am sitting at my computer looking out the window it's spectacular. i just finished baking up a batch of yummy holiday cookies.they are a family tradition but somehow they never taste quite the same as my moms. she makes hers with so much love - spilling over the top kind of love. it brings me back to my childhood just for a moment sitting in our kitchen watching and helping her. i only make one kind of cookies she baked for days and days and delivered cookies to friends and neighbors with special little candies tucked inside. it's a secret recipe but i will share it because it's the season to - spread joy.
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
5 cups flour
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c milk maybe a tad more
2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
Set oven to 375
In lg bowl mix eggs, sugar, shortening. Add flour 1 cup at a time with a bit of milk each time
add baking powder and salt. Separate into 4 balls, shape balls into 4 logs, about 2-3 inches wide 12 inches long. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper bake for 12- 15 minutes. makes 4 dozen. for icing powdered sugar, milk and flavoring. slice and enjoy. they don't stay fresh very long so its best to eat them soon after you make them which usually is not a problem around here.
they will look like this.

one more thing... if you have a minute find josh groban's version of oh holy night on itunes it is amazing. he is incredible, this song makes me want to cry... have a great day.... and don't forget to spread joy...

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