Monday, November 28, 2011

Recylcing Your Holiday Feast

          

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day! All the tips and Thanksgiving Day ideas posted here were pretty special, and I hope everyone was able to take at least one idea and put it to use to help make your turkey day even more special than it already was! The holiday is over, but the holiday season is still in full swing! Think how fast Thanksgiving came and went, the next great holiday will do the same and it’s best to be prepared!  One tradition I’ve always loved is putting milk and cookies out for Santa. It keeps the holiday spirit alive even though it is a little dated. Here is a classic and simple recipe for Christmas tree shaped cookies. Santa and the entire family are sure to love them!



Christmas Tree Shaped Cookies
(Serves about 50 cookies)

Ingredients:

•    1 1/2 cups sugar
•    1 cup butter, softened
•    1 egg
•    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
•    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup amaranth flour
•    1 teaspoon baking soda
•    1 teaspoon cream of tartar



Directions:

1.    Mix sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2.    Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide dough into halves. On lightly floured cloth-covered board, roll each half out to 3/16 inch thick.
3.    On lightly floured cloth-covered board, cut into Christmas shapes.
4.    Bake on parchment lined baking sheets for 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool on wire racks and decorate as desired.

Bon Appétit!

This recipe is sure to keep the time honored tradition of leaving cookies for Santa alive, plus the whole family will enjoy this delicious treat!



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