Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies
Just in time for the holidays… Some great cookie recipes that you are sure to enjoy !

Russian Snowballs

These cookies are buttery, nutty, crumbly and covered with powdered sugar. You can substitute hazelnuts for a great twist !

2 sticks or 1 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups flour
¼ tsp. salt
¾ cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine butter and ½ cup of the powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl, beat until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and beat well. Stir in flour, salt, and nuts and blend completely. Roll bits of dough between palms into 1 inch balls and place 1 inch apart on cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until pale yellow on top and light brown on the bottom. Remove from oven and toss and roll cookies in a bowl of the remaining powdered sugar (about 6 at a time). Allow to cool on rack, then roll again in powdered sugar. Makes 3 to 4 dozen.

Great Sugar Cookies
Mae Styrlund (Dr. Styrlund’s mom) made these great sugar cookies every year. Use red and green colored granulated sugar on top to give them pizzazz !

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
colored sugar
Cream the sugars, butter and oil until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes till well chilled. Roll in palms of hands into 1 inch balls and place un-greased cookie sheets about 1 ½ inches apart. Flatten balls with bottom of a glass that you dipped in colored sugar. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 8 dozen.

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