For us, it's the part of the Christmas celebrations that starts almost as soon as the songs on the radio...cookie baking! Whether we're actually making treats or just browsing new recipes to try, it's always one of our favorite things to do at this time of year.
We love to nibble on the goodies (who doesn't) but what we love MORE are the memories made at the kitchen counter. Even when we don't have a little helper on a stool, the very act of getting out the cutters and mixing up the dough makes us remember baking cookies with our kids when they were little and with our moms when WE were little.
We know you have your favorite cookies that you make every Christmas...help us round 'em all up this week!
What's YOUR favorite COOKIE OR BAR recipe?
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Here's a recipe to inspire you from Christmas Cookies,
our Cookbook of the Week!
Thanks to Debbie Pecore from Charlton, Massachusetts for sharing her recipe with us.
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. margarine, softened
1/4 to 1/2 t. peppermint extract
1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 c. all-purpose flour
Garnish: vanilla or chocolate frosting, peppermint or chocolate mint candies
In a large bowl, blend sugar and margarine together until fluffy. Add extracts; mix well. Stir in flour and blend well. Shape into one-inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten slightly. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool. Frost with vanilla frosting and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies, or with chocolate frosting and top with chocolate mints cut into triangles. Makes 2 to 3 dozen.
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