Tuesday, December 13, 2011
There are tons of sugar cookies. Some are soft, some are hard and crunchy, some have spices, some are chewy.
These cookies are chock full of vanilla flavor, they are rolled in sugar and are light and sweet on the tongue. They are have a crunchy tooth, but are tender, think of a crumbly cookie. I think it's due to the oil/butter mixture of fats.
They are also
very forgiving. I made these in various sizes and they all baked up very well. Only leave them in long enough to very slightly brown. That's it. We baked them for about 8 minutes.
I took the kids out Saturday morning to shop for the fireman's Christmas presents. Every year we make him a basket of his favorite stuff, plus some extra fun things. It's a nice way to get all the kids involved in his Christmas presents as they can all have a say in it. I was glad to have gotten all of the kids to go with me. With kids ranging from 8, 14, 16 and 20, that's no small feat.
While we were shopping, the fireman's mom called me and asked if I'd like to come to her house and help her bake cookies for her church. They're collecting cookies to take to the elderly that can't get out and about for the holiday's.
I will admit a part of me was expecting to go home and bake in my kitchen by myself. I wanted that quiet, calming baking. But when I got home I called her back and asked if she'd like to come over and use my kitchen. It's a little larger and I thought she'd have fun with the kids. She said yes, and I picked her up.
Honestly? We ended up having such a great time. I am so glad we did it. The kids got to see us doing something for someone else and I had a great time with her, chatting and listening to stories of the fireman as a kid. I told her we need to do this every year.
We made no bake chocolate oatmeal drop cookies, lemon cake mix cookies, and these sugar cookies.
They are easy to make and make a large enough batch that we were both able to keep a small plate of them for ourselves.
We used spoons instead of a cookie scoop and dropped them in granulated sugar to cover before putting on the baking sheet. I used Watkin's Madagascar vanilla, which is my favorite. It smells heavenly, but any vanilla would be great.
We left some plain like this, and the others we pressed down a bit and shook with red colored sugar and another tray with green colored sugar. They were very festive and looked pretty on the plates.
They smell rich and wonderful and when you bite into them they have a slight crunch, slightly crumbly texture. The granulated sugar is melty on your tongue and the sweetness and vanilla flavoring is warm in your mouth. Perfect sugar cookie.
Sunday, the annual Firefighter's Santa Breakfast was held at the labor hall. The two youngest kids went with us. They had waffles, scrambled eggs, diced potatoes, fruit, muffins, the larges cinnamon rolls you ever saw, and a plate of desserts with brownies topped in crushed peppermint and other yummy goodies.
We had fun chatting with the other firemen and their families. The girl got her face painted.