Monday, December 13, 2010

A Presence A Day: Homemade Sugar Cookies: Day 7

A great Christmas present to make for your special loved ones is sugar cookies.  This is not any "normal" (how is my build-up?) sugar cookie.  This is the best recipe for sugar cookies ever!  IT IS!  Try it and tell me if I am wrong!

I had some help from MOM ADVISE on this recipe. We made some Saturday morning and all of them said they were the best sugar cookie they have ever eaten.  Even Hubby liked it!

put 3/4 cup sugar in a mixer and pulverize it to make super fine sugar

Add 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour and 1/4 tsp of salt

Add 2 stick of butta

your mixture will be course and crumble-ly-ish..then add 2tablespoons of cream cheese and 2 tsp of vanilla extract

form into two disks and refrigerate for 15 minutes

Place between to sheet of wax paper...

make sure the shiny side is facing up...less don't have to use extra flour!

roll out your dough...

decorate to your liking...

press and roll again...

we were getting tired of rolling so much, so I made dough into balls and pressed them into sprinkles...

and they turned out cute too!

These cookies won't get to see tomorrow!

Prov 20:17 ¶ Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

When I am eating a cookie (who am I kidding, eating a half-dozen!) it is so good, so yummy, and it can't be bad, right?  There are other "things" that are good in the moment but have a consequence, which may not be favorable. 

Bread of deceit is sweet to a man means  "any good obtained by deceit, or any good which deceives in its possession."  Bread of deceit is unjustly gotten gain.  Have you ever been deceived or has someone gained advantage from you?  We all can say yes and we all can, if we look closely enough, think of a time we may have partaken of the bread of deceit AGAINST someone. 

For whatever actions you may have, they have a very real influence on their doers.  Your actions modify character and form your habits.  They will drag after you a whole trail of consequences. Each strikes inwards and works outwards.

'A sower went forth to sow,' and 'Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.' The seed may lie long dormant, but the green shoots will appear in due time, and pass through all the stages of  'first the blade, and then the ear, and after that the full corn in the ear.' The sower has to become the reaper, and the reaper has to eat of the bread made from the product of the long past sowing. Shall we have to reap a harvest of poisonous tares, or of wholesome wheat?  Before tempted to do evil take a momentary pause to see if you want to harvest that crop!  If you sow corruption you will also reap corruption.

If you have been deceived by others, do not render evil for evil.  Why?  Because he that has eaten the sweet bread of deceit will later have a mouth filled with gravel...let me tell you, a mouth filled with gravel is painful.  God will recompense...not you. 

God bless your Christmas!

Here is the recipe per Mom Advise:

Perfect Cut-Out Sugar Cookies (Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook)

Recipe says it will yield approximately 3 dozen cookies. I doubled the recipe & got 32 cookies with my cookie cutters. The amount of cookies will definitely depend on your cookie cutter sizes!

2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup superfine sugar (just whipped 1 cup sugar in the food processor until it was blended and then measured out 3/4 cup)
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces & softened
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whisk the flour, sugar, & salt together in a large bowl. Beat the butter into the flour mixture, one piece at a time using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, then continue to beat until the mixture looks crumbly and slightly wet, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the cream cheese & vanilla until he dough just begins to form large clumps, about thirty seconds.

Knead the dough in the large bowl by hand a few times until it forms a large, cohesive mass. Turn the dough out onto a clean counter, divide it in half, and apt into a two four inch disks. Wrap the disks tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until they begin to firm up, 20 to 30 minutes.

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 375. Work with one disk at a time, roll out the dough to a 1/8″ thickness between two sheets of parchment paper. Slide the rolled dough and parchment onto a baking sheet & refrigerate again until firm.

Working with one sheet of dough at a time cut out shapes using cookie cutters and lay on two parchment-lined baking sheets, spaced about 1″ apart. Bake the cookies until light golden brown, about ten minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking.

Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely, about thirty minutes. When cooled, the cookies can be decorated as desired.

Sugar Cookie Frosting

4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring

In a large bowl, cream together confectioners sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about five minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.


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