new year cheer

December 31, 2011

We're passing these out to friends on New Year's Eve.
Most Perfect Cut-Out Cookies

1/2 cup butter for the flavor, nothing can beat butter for that
1/4 cup shortening for the texture, adds a crisp snap
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat first three ingredients until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Combine dry ingredients and mix in.  Form mixture into disk and cover in plastic wrap.  Chill for at least an hour.  Roll dough 1/8 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters.  Sprinkle with sugar and bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees F for 11 minutes or until lightly browned.  Transfer to racks to cool.  A simple family favorite.

Follow directions for Royal Icing on the Wilton Meringue Powder can.  Use #4 tip for writing.

I'm feeling very wistful and thoughtful about this year ending and a new one beginning.  It reminds me to take the opportunity to think about what I am thankful for and what I have to be grateful for.  So much, and I pray I never take it for granted.

Thank you all for visiting my blog over the year.  I appreciate all my readers, it means a lot to me that you stop by and I love it when you have time to comment.  Thank you so much and happy new year!  

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  1. Happy New Year Kristen!

  2. That is a good cookie recipe!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year to you as well!! I enjoy your blog and all that you share. I'm a new knitter and am inspired by your knitting. I 'found' you on Ravelry when I was looking at all of the 'Citron' projects. "Citron' was my first project after my Knitting 101 class. I've enjoyed visiting your blog ever since. Thank you!

  4. Happy New Year to you! Thank you for the recipe. I'm going to have to give it a try! Also, I love your new header.

  5. Dear Kristen, Happy and merry new year to you and your family. And thank you for your recipe for cookies. I ll try to make it as soon as possible. And I am very curious about cookies' taste. Thank you very much..

  6. Happy New Year to you and your family. Will be visiting San Francisco in March. Maybe we will finally meet! Who knows?

  7. Love those New Year Cookies. Do you have any left??


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