Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Cookies!

Once again I am delighted to have been invited by the Really Real Housewives to do another post for their blog. Thanks ladies, it’s fun to do.

I just learned a good tip from another bowler which she got from her manicurist. It came about because I had once split my nail right up the middle when bowling, thought I had done so again. She told me she had done it a couple of times and the manicurist had told her to mend it with Krazy Glue and then paint over it with clear polish (or coloured I guess). It occurred to me that this would be a good idea for any split nail no matter how it came about. I know mine have a tendency to split at the side when I let them get a tad long. I could cut them before that happens I guess!!

Don’t really have a lot to do except for worrying about Christmas Dinner – no kids or family in Canada – however, I seem to be driving myself crazy about the meal I am cooking. No idea why.

Mind you, I haven’t cooked a whole turkey in a long while so I am flapping about that. I ended up deciding to buy a fresh turkey, the frozen ones are either pre-stuffed or pre-basted and NOT with butter as they lead you to believe. Trouble is, they are rather expensive but not as much more pricey than the frozen ones. I do miss living in NC where turkeys were bred and therefore not so likely to break the bank. I always loved Brussels Sprouts but in the last few years I had gone right off them. I finally realized it was because of the softened water in the building. I cook them in distilled water now and they taste like they should once more.

Christmas is almost here, but you still have time to make these easy cookies.

Easy Slice and Bake Cookies

It's quick and easy to mix together these slice-and-bake cookies whenever you need something sweet. The recipe makes enough dough so you can bake half and put the other half in the freezer—ready to pull out and bake up a few fresh cookies anytime.

1 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour (see Tip #2)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt1 cup sugar
5 Tbs canola oil
4 Tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
Coarse sugar for decoration
  1. Whisk white whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat sugar, oil and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high until smooth, scraping down the sides. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.
  2. Place half the dough on a large piece of plastic wrap and shape into a 10-inch log (it's OK if it's not perfectly round). Repeat with the remaining dough. Wrap and freeze until just firm, about 45 minutes.
  3. Reroll the logs to make them rounder and return to the freezer until very firm, at least 1 hour more. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Remove one roll of dough at a time from the freezer and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Unwrap the dough and slice crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, turning the dough a quarter turn after each slice to help keep the cookies round. Place 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle each cookie with a little coarse sugar and gently press it into the cookie to help it adhere. Bake 8 minutes for soft cookies or 10 minutes for crisp cookies. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining roll of dough, if desired.
TIPS:
  1. Make Ahead Tip: Store wrapped rolls of dough in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  2. White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com. Store it in the freezer.
Recipe Source: Eating Well Magazine

I do hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you here again on Dec. 28 when I have been invited to burble at you once again. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

12 comments:

  1. Those would be good for making cut out cookies.
    We can usually get a turkey here for less than fifteen bucks. Not stuffed with anything either. No one beats my wife's stuffing.

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    1. They would Alex. I know, turkeys are so cheap in NC compared to here.

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  2. Hi Jo and all the really real housewives of america ... have fun and get as much done beforehand - then don't worry ... and just enjoy the festivities and all the very best for 2017 - cheers Hilary

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    1. Trying to get as much done beforehand as possible Hilary. I plan to have fun, you can be sure. Always have Fizz at Christmas.

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  3. Happy Turkey making. Are you gonna butterfly it or cook it all in one. We don't do turkey for any holiday in our house, but we do do small chickens. Split.

    Happy Christmas. Happy Eating.

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    1. Nope, cooking it all in one Ivy. Never thought of butterflying it, but think I would prefer the whole bird.

      You too Ivy. Enjoy the pickles.

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  4. Yum! We always made cut out sugar cookies for Christmas--by the 100s and then went caroling to give out plates of goodies. No wonder I got so fat. lol

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    1. What a good idea Donna. But you said give them away not munch them yourselves didn't you?

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  5. Love the turkey cartoon. I picked up a ham for New Year's.

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  6. All excellent tips! I need to try that sugar cookie recipe- it sounds much healthier than most others.

    I have a toe with nail bed damage that splits and breaks every time it grows out and then I have no nail at all. (I end up painting the toe instead to hide it!) I am going to try the crazy glue idea. It's worth a shot.

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  7. Those cookies look easy! Much easier than the concoctions I make!

    Have a very Happy New Year!

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