“1 a Day”
It's no secret that I enjoy baking. I grew up with it. The holidays, especially, have very fond memories for me centered on helping my Mother bake cookies. There were the regulars; sugar cookie cut-outs, peanut butter blossoms, teacakes, candy cane cookies, pastries, donuts and cakes.
I've found for myself though, that it seems like every year gets a little more hectic. A little more stressful. And a little less enjoyable. Come January 2nd, I find myself regretting that I didn't get around to making cookies, or going for a walk, or snuggling up with the kids and some hot cocoa while we watch A Christmas Movie. I got too busy trying to give my kids a good Christmas, that I forgot what made Christmas so magical for me growing up.
This year I vow to not let that happen. I've vowed to enjoy every day this holiday season. I'm not letting regrets happen. One way I'm doing that is by making a Christmas cookie recipe each day up until Christmas Eve. Yep! That means I will be making Christmas cookie recipes this year and I will be blogging about each one. Some will be the classics I grew up with but most will be new to me.
Here is the first cookie, Enjoy!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Green cherries, cut into thin slices
- Red-hot candies
- Frosting and decorator gel
- In a bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Add sugar; blend well. Stir in vanilla. Gradually beat in flour.
- Using a cookie press fitted with star tip, form dough into 2-1/2-in. wreaths on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. Cool on wire racks.
- Decorate wreaths with green cherry "leaves" and red-hot candy "berries" attached with a drop of frosting.
- Add bows with decorator gel.
Yield: about 3 dozen.