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An annual Christmas tradition that my kids count on every year is baking and decorating cookies for Christmas with thier cousins. This year was no exception. Except for the fact that the kids decorated all but two cookies before I could get to them, I would say that decorating was a success. Our “artists” ranged in age from 9 to 17 years old. While they decorated, my sister in law and I prepared our Angel Wings (see this post, they are awesome!).

I tried another new sugar cookie recipe this holiday. They were excellent for keeping their shape when baking and the taste was mild enough that being loaded with frosting didn’t give you an overwelming sugar rush. I’m not sure I will ever settle on a rolled sugar cookie recipe, but this one has made it’s way to the top of my list. It is very easy to prepare and rolled well. It was rather sticky when first being rolled, but what sugar cookie is not? With the right amount of flour added it rolled easily. I found the recipe from a third party link here, at Tidy Mom (and I believe she got it from Bake at 350).

Here is the recipe:

Vanilla Almond Butter Cookies

yields approx 30-35 large cookies or 60 smaller cookies 

  • 6 Cups Flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Cup butter
  • 1½ Cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp pure almond extract

 Directions:

Combine flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. Cream sugar and butter, then add eggs and extracts. Slowly add the flour mixture and beat until combined. Refrigerate for at least an hour to ease rolling and cutting. Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 10-12 mins. Remove and once completely cooled, decorate with royal icing or fondant.

Now, the title of this post is “Two Cookies”, so here is the second one. It is a very, very common recipe found at probably most blogs and recipe sites. My oldest daughter really wanted to make these and we literally started them about an hour before we were scheduled to meet for Christmas dinner. They are really easy and the ingredients are common pantry staples.

No-Bake PB Choc-Oat Cookies

  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 cup oatmeal
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Directions:

 Measure peanut butter and oats, set aside.

Combine all other ingredients in medium saucepan over med-high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and oats. Quickly drop cookies onto wax paper and let cool. (I use a tablespoon size cookie scoop).

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