Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Letter

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope that you have had some time to let your soul catch up with the rest of you these past few days. Being snowed in and surrounded by such beauty has really been wonderful and refreshing for us.

"Pause and be quiet, my people, because your rest will come." 2 Esdras 2:24

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cookie Recipes for the Nice and Naughty

I wanted to share with you two cookie recipes that I am using this year. One is as bad as a cookie can be and one is as healthy as a cookie can be---I list both for everyone who is like me and likes to live their nutritional life with a foot in both doors :)

Let's start with the naughty cookie recipe, shall we? I have found this to be the BEST roll out sugar cookie recipe I have ever tried/eaten.

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick (I find the thicker option to make the softest, most wonderful cookies). Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes until bottom is lightly brown. Over baking will ruin the perfect texture!

Now, on to the nice recipe...

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups whole wheat flour

Stir together, butter, pb, and honey. Add egg, baking powder, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix in flour. Chill dough for an hour.

Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on floured surface. Cut circles using a drinking glass. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Use fingers to squeeze the circle in the middle. Place 2 pretzels at the top for antlers, 2 chocolate chips for eyes and one red hot candy for a nose.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.