Monday, Monday…oh to be young again and off for the Summer. OK, maybe not the young part but I would love to be off for the summer. Luckily we have weekends.
How was your weekend? Mine was great! Although it was toasty outside for the most part I managed to beat the heat.
Lucky for me there was nothing on the schedule this weekend, leaving lots of time to read, bake, read some more, visit the farmers market, and go for nice long walks with my husband and pup. It was the perfect.
Speaking of perfect, What do you think of these flowers? Zinnia’s in a simple mason jar are just the thing to brighten a day and the house. Sadly I did not grow these but my farmer’s market had tons of them and I snagged this bunch. According to the gardener they will last 10 days if I change the water daily, I will let you know.
This weekend I was experimenting with Christmas recipes. Yes, I know that Christmas is 5 months(157 days) away but I have been seeing an inordinate amount of Christmas pins on Pinterest and I thought , why not a little Christmas in July?
These cookies are the BEST sugar cookies EVER, and I do not say that lightly. I have made a ton of recipes and these are the best. That being said, if you like soft cookies these are not for you, as these are crunchy with a hint of almond and a sprinkling of sugar. By the way, these cookies are not new, I have been making them since I was little, I jut thought while I was baking I might as well make something that I knew was good and would turn out. I will show you the other stuff later.
Aunt Mary’s Sugar Cookies
Recipe from Betty Crocker
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Neilsen Massey vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Using a mixer with paddle attachment, mix together sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract; mix well. Blend in flour, baking powder and cream of tartar. Cover and chill for at least 2 to 3 hours. Heat oven to 375 F. Divide dough in half. Roll each half 3/16 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-covered board. Cut into desired shapes; sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown on edges.
Note: If you are going to frost or decorate than leave of the sprinkle of sugar.
Tell me, what did you do this weekend? What are you reading? Were you at the beach? A barbecue? Relaxing? Doing things with friends and family?
Whatever you did I hope it was great. Enjoy your day!