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Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

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When you think of Christmas cookies, you may typically think of the classic sugar cookie, and you can check out my Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe here, but this old fashioned maple cookie is going to be a great addition to your holiday cookie tray…

 

Maple… a flavor that often gets overlooked, but this is a flavor that I well remember growing up—and not just maple syrup on pancakes.  My grandma used to make maple cookies, with a maple frosting that were so good…

 

So I’ve put a little twist on them and traded out the maple flavor for some maple extract (just to make them look a bit more like Christmas!)

 

Old Fashioned Christmas Maple Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 4 dozen
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Cookies:

  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple extract
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Maple frosting:

  • 2¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions:

In a medium bowl, cream the shortening and brown sugar, then gradually add the eggs, sour cream, maple extract, and maple syrup, and beat until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly.

Cover and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile make the maple frosting. Beat butter, maple extract, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.  Add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Frost cookies when completely cooled.

*this recipe features maple extract, which gives you the maple flavor, but not the brown color, so the cookies will look a bit more like Christmas…

 

 

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Have an old fashioned Christmas this year, and enjoy some delicious maple cookies!

*This article does contain affiliate links, so if you choose to purchase through here, I will make a commission, although it does not increase the cost to you, the consumer.

Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies

Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies

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What do you think of when I mention Christmas?  Santa Claus, the Nativity and the birth of Jesus, a decorated Christmas tree, beautifully wrapped gifts, lights… and Christmas cookies!  Of course, there are all types of Christmas cookies and goodies, but I think the sugar cookies are the best!

I don’t know about you, but for me, Christmas cookies conjure up memories from childhood… so I’m going to share Grandma’s Best Every Christmas Sugar Cookies.  They are so easy to make (you won’t even have to buy that pre-packaged sugar cookie mix!) and they taste AMAZING!!

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Best Ever Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe

3¾ cups sifted, all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature

1½ tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough.

*For best results, refrigerate for 15 minutes before rolling out cookie dough.

Roll dough out on floured counter-top.  Make cookies approx. 3/8 inch thick.

Divide cookie dough into thirds.  Only roll out  one-third of the dough at a time.  This way, once the dough has been covered in flour and rolled out, the excess will be mixed with fresh dough (that has not been floured or rolled yet), so it keeps it from becoming too tough.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

 

Icing

1 Tbsp butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

2 ½ cup confectioners sugar

3 Tbsp milk

Beat butter, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.

Add in milk 1 Tbsp at a time.

 


Make sure each batch of cookies is approximately the same size and thickness.  If cookies are different thickness or size, they will not cook evenly and you will have some that are overcooked, while others may be undercooked.

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From our family to yours, we wish you a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.  May the love of Christ fill your hearts and lives this Christmas and throughout the year!

And I truly hope that your family will take the time to make some wonderful memories as you bake and eat cookies together!

 

 

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And if you want to try something different than these traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies, this recipe for classic Linzer Cookies is absolutely delicious!
Christmas in Switzerland: Traditional Linzer Cookies

Or for more family time together, you can gather the kids around and make some wonderful ornaments to decorate your tree. I love doing this because every year when we decorate the tree, we reminisce a bit. The kids love looking back at stuff they did in preschool and it is just fun memories. Not to mention, they are the most cherished ornaments on the tree because they were made by the kids… Take a look at my posts for how to make these special keepsake ornaments:

Homemade Cinnamon & Applesauce Ornaments
Cinnamon Glitter Ornament

 

Christmas Ornaments that Your Kids Can Make That You Will Actually Want on Your Tree

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Apple Pie Pizza

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Apple Pie and Pizza.  Two things you don’t typically combine… but, I promise that these little apple pie pizzas will be a hit this fall!

I love to eat apples all year long, but this time of year, the local apples are in season and they just have such a sweet flavor, that I have to take advantage of using apples in as many recipes as I can—in addition to just slicing and eating them raw…

These are a perfect finger food… and a quick, easy dessert to make for Thanksgiving—an unexpected twist on the traditional apple pie.

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Open the package of refrigerated biscuits, pull in half (so that you have twice as many biscuits, just half as thick).

Sprinkle cheese on top of biscuit dough.

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Add diced apples on top of cheese.

Top with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and oat mixture

 


Apple Pie Pizza

  • 1 package, refrigerated biscuits (5 counts)
  • Colby jack cheese
  • 2 apples, diced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • cinnamon to taste
  • ¼ cup quick oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Open the package of refrigerated biscuits, pull in half (so that you have twice as many biscuits, just half as thick).

Sprinkle cheese on top of biscuit dough.

Add diced apples on top of cheese.

Top with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and oat mixture

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.


 

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So even though we aren’t quite to Thanksgiving yet, I decided to try these out as part of a mini party for my kids, my nieces, and nephew to decorate pumpkins that I am going to use for my Thanksgiving tablescape… and, of course, to enjoy all autumn.  I say mini party because every time the kids get together and have fun, just creating memories as a family, it truly is like a party…

I bought several small pumpkins and gourds, of all colors and sizes, some craft paint, and of course, glitter.

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I chose the colors that I knew that I wanted to match the type of decorating that I wanted to do and what I thought would go nicely on my Thanksgiving table.

…and let the kids choose how they wanted to paint and/or decorate their pumpkins. Pumpkin Painting | Money Savvy Living

*By the way, we used small paper plates to put the paint on, so each child had their own “paint pallet,” and the table is covered with a cheap, plastic table cover, so clean up is super easy!

I think they came out very nicely…

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And we also painted some leaves, pine cones, and acorns for fun accents… and it all looks quite pretty on my Thanksgiving table…

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Maple Sugar Cookies with Maple Icing

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Homemade cut-out iced sugar cookies have been one of my favorite sweet treats since I was a kid.  I remember my Grandma making these cut-out cookies for nearly every holiday… and they are my absolute favorite!  And I think your family will love them too.

 

Cut-out cookies can be tricky to make, so I’m going to share a few tips with you to make cut-out cookies so good, you will never want to buy a pre-made sugar cookie dough or mix again!

 

When you think of iced sugar cookies, you probably think about Christmas cookies, right?  And while I love to make beautiful Christmas cookies, I am putting a twist on it and making these sugar cookies with a great autumn flavor—maple!—and making them into football cookie pops for my son’s football team.  It’s their last game and I am on for snack, so I have to do something special, right?!

 

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Maple Sugar Cookies with Maple Icing | Money Savvy Living

 

Okay, I know that my icing writing needs some work… I am definitely not a professional, but I think they turned out pretty good for my first time trying to write with icing…

 

Tip #1 Use a table mixer.  This is one of the only recipes that I actually get out the table mixer, but I don’t think that you can make these without it.  While you don’t want to over mix and make the dough too tough, it does need to be mixed until it is a stiff dough and a hand mixer just doesn’t do as good.

 

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Maple Sugar Cookies with Maple Icing

Maple Sugar Cookies

3 ¾ cups sifted, all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature

1 ½ tsp pure maple flavor

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough.

Tip #2 For best results, refrigerate for 15 minutes before rolling out cookie dough.

Roll dough out on floured counter-top.  Make cookies approx. 3/8 inch thick.

Tip #3 Divide cookie dough into thirds.  Only roll out  one-third of the dough at a time.  This way, once the dough has been covered in flour and rolled out, the excess will be mixed with fresh dough (that has not been floured or rolled yet), so it keeps it from becoming too tough.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

 

Maple Icing

1 Tbsp butter, room temperature

1 tsp maple flavoring

2 ½ cup confectioners sugar

3 Tbsp milk

 

Beat butter, maple flavor, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.

Add in milk 1 Tbsp at a time.

 

 

Tip #4 Make sure each batch of cookies is approximately the same size and thickness.  If cookies are different thickness or size, they will not cook evenly and you will have some that are overcooked, while others may be undercooked.

 

If I’m just making a regular batch of cookies, I usually make them about 3/8 inch thick.  For cookie pops, they need to be about half as thick because you will be layering them: place cut-out cookie dough on parchment paper, place cookie pop stick (which has been pre-soaked in water so the sticks don’t burn), then top with 2nd cut-out cookie dough, so the stick bakes in between the cookie layers.Maple Sugar Cookies with Maple Icing | Money Savvy Living

Tip #5 Bake cookies on parchment paper.  Ok, this may not be a secret, but baking cookies on parchment paper prevents the cookies from sticking to the cookie sheet.  No need to buy a liner, just use parchment paper.

 

Tip #6 Let cookies sit on baking sheet after you get them our of the oven for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute before trying to move to cooling rack.  This is especially important with cut-out cookies because you want them to maintain their shape.

Let cool completely before icing.

 

So I added a couple of store-bought treats and put together these festive goodie bags… because those boys are hungry after playing a rigorous game of football…

 

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What a fun, festive, and tasty way to end the season!

 

ENJOY!

Frosted Maple Cookies

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Autumn is not here just yet, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not looking forward to all of the autumn inspired activities and tastes… you know, everything pumpkin, hayrides, s’mores over the fire, and maple….

 

Frosted Maple Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Maple… a flavor that often gets overlooked with all of the delicious autumn recipes featuring pumpkin.  But, this is a flavor that I well remember growing up—and not just maple syrup on pancakes.  My grandma used to make maple cookies, with a maple frosting that were so good…

 

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Frosted Maple Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 4 dozen
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Cookies:

½ cup shortening

1½ cups packed brown sugar

2 medium eggs

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

1 tablespoon maple flavor

½ teaspoon maple syrup

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

 

Maple frosting:

2¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon maple flavor

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon butter

 

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Directions

In a medium bowl, cream the shortening and brown sugar, then gradually add the eggs, maple flavor, sour cream, and maple syrup, and beat until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly.

Cover and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile make the maple frosting. Beat butter, maple flavor, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.  Add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Frost cookies when completely cooled.

*If you want more of a glaze, add frosting to cookies when they are still warm and the frosting will melt.

 

 

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This autumn, enjoy some delicious maple cookies!

 

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Strawberry Zucchini Brownies

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Eating healthy is a main focus of our family; however, we like to indulge every now and then with something decadent.  So when I find something that is a delicious treat, and a little healthier, I get pretty excited…

 

Nestle Toll House now has NEW Brownies & More Baking Mix, with Chocolate Morsels or Butterfingers; and Cookies & More Baking Mix, with Chocolate Morsels or Butterfingers… made just a little healthier— NO preservatives and NO artificial colors or flavors.  As a consumer— and a mother of three boys— I love to know that I am giving the very best quality ingredients to my family.

 

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So when I found out these new Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes were free of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, I was ready to try them all! However, when we got to Target, not all of the baking mixes were in stock (they are available online though). So if they aren’t available in your area, you can always order it online and get free shipping and save 5% off your purchase if you use a Target Red card. I’m always looking to save a little extra money, so when I got to the checkout and was done paying, along with my receipt, I got an in-store Target coupon to save $0.75 on my next purchase of two Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes. And right now, you can save even more and join Ibotta and get an additional rebate of $0.75 on this product!

 

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Once we got home, we then had to figure out which baking mix to use first… and that was a hard decision… but, after much deliberation, we decided to go with the Nestle Toll House Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix.  (Plus, I knew that I could sneak some fruits and vegetables into the chocolate mix without it even being noticed by my kids… shhhh, don’t tell them my secret!)

 

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Usually, if you want to avoid the preservatives and artificial ingredients, you need to whip up something from scratch… and that’s another reason that I love these new baking mixes… just like homemade, but quicker and easier!

 

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I love the fact that these new Nestle Toll House Baking mixes do not contain preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. And I also love to try to sneak in a few extra fruits and vegetables into my kids when I can… so adding in some strawberries and zucchini gives this “healthier” brownie mix even more of a boost— yet still tastes so good, the kids don’t even realize that they are eating zucchini!

 

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The boys got to spend the day with some of their cousins for my nephew’s birthday and take a little break for brownies.  They certainly look like they enjoyed them!

Strawberry Zucchini Brownies, featuring NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

  • NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ shredded zucchini
  • ¼ strawberries, diced and crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 7-inch X 11-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Stir brownie mix, egg, and oil in bowl until blended. Add crushed strawberries and shredded zucchini. Stir in ¾ cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
  3. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle ¼ cup morsels on top of batter and lightly press into batter.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar.

 

For more creative recipes like this one, you can find more Nestle Toll House recipes and be inspired to bake the very best for your family… how will you “sneak” some extra fruits and vegetables into your family?  How will you use these #mixinmoments baking mixes to create special moments in your life?

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

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Even though I try very hard to eat healthy and feed my family healthy foods, sometimes, I just have a sweet tooth.  I don’t want to feel like I am depriving myself, so having a treat now and then is good…

But what if I could have a treat that is relatively healthy too?  That’s a win-win!

A friend had shared a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas (I would have probably never thought to do that!), but I tried it and liked it, so I decided to put my own little twist on it:

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

 

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup natural cream peanut butter (or any nut butter you like)
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. agave necter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. gluten free all-purpose baking mix
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Mix all ingredients in food processor, except for chocolate chips.  Blend until smooth.  At this point, stir in chocolate chips. Now, you can either roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet, slightly flatten; or you can simply spoon-drop them on and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Easy, right?

And so good, you won’t even know that they’re healthy too!

 

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ENJOY!

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

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Cut-out cookies are a classic sweet treat.  I know that I remember my Grandma making these cut-out cookies for nearly every holiday… and they are my absolute favorite!  And I think your family will love them too.

 

Cut-out cookies can be tricky to make, so I’m going to share a few secrets with you to make cut-out cookies so good, you will never want to buy a pre-made sugar cookie dough or mix again!

 

Valentine cookie collage

 

Secret #1 Use a table mixer.  This is one of the only recipes that I actually get out the table mixer, but I don’t think that you can make these without it.  While you don’t want to over mix and make the dough too tough, it does need to be mixed until it is a stiff dough and a hand mixer just doesn’t do as good.

 

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Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

3 ¾ cups sifted, all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature

1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough.

Secret #2 For best results, refrigerate for 15 minutes before rolling out cookie dough.

Roll dough out on floured counter-top.  Make cookies approx. 3/8 inch thick.

Secret #3 Divide cookie dough into thirds.  Only roll out  one-third of the dough at a time.  This way, once the dough has been covered in flour and rolled out, the excess will be mixed with fresh dough (that has not been floured or rolled yet), so it keeps it from becoming too tough.

Bake 8-10 minutes.

Secret #4 Make sure each batch of cookies is approximately the same size and thickness.  If cookies are different thickness or size, they will not cook evenly and you will have some that are overcooked, while others may be undercooked.

 

Icing

1 Tbsp butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla

2 ½ cup confectioners sugar

3 Tbsp milk

 

Beat butter, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.

Add in milk 1 Tbsp at a time.

 

 

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Secret #5 Bake cookies on parchment paper.  Ok, this may not be a secret, but baking cookies on parchment paper prevents the cookies from sticking to the cookie sheet.  No need to buy a liner, just use parchment paper.

 

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies | Money Savvy Living

Valentine Sugar Cut-Out Cookies | Money Savvy Living

 

Secret #6 Let cookies sit on baking sheet after you get them our of the oven for at least 30 seconds to 1 minute before trying to move to cooling rack.  This is especially important with cut-out cookies because you want them to maintain their shape.

Let cool completely before icing.

 

 

If you don think you’re ready to tackle the cut-out cookies, you may want to try making some gourmet chocolates for Valentine’s Day.  Delicious… and much cheaper than buying gourmet chocolates…

Make beautiful, gourmet chocolates for Valentine's Day

Make beautiful, gourmet chocolates for Valentine’s Day

 

 

If you want the great taste of the frosted sugar cookies without the hassle of rolling out dough and using the cookie cutters, you can easily make cookie pops by taking a look at the post detailing how we make these for my son’s birthday treat at school.

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ENJOY!

Christmas in Switzerland: Traditional Linzer Cookies

Christmas in Switzerland: Traditional Linzer Cookies

Christmas will soon be here and my son’s class is studying Christmas around the world—and how countries celebrate Christmas similar to and different from right here, in the United States.

So my son wanted to choose a country that reflects our heritage.  We have quite a long list, mostly from European decent: German, French, English, Irish…. and Switzerland.  The ironic thing is, while researching this project, we have learned a lot about how the Swiss celebrate Christmas—and apparently, none of those traditions continued with our ancestors when they came to the United States.

Part of the project was to learn about the culture and traditions and another part of the assignment was to make a traditional cookies and bring in to share with the class.  We may need to start the tradition of making Linzer cookies for Christmas every year… because they are just so good!

Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup finely ground almonds (approx. 2 oz.)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • confectioner's sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Grind almonds in small coffee grinder or food processor.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, almonds, and cinnamon, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla, mix well.
  5. Add flour mixture; mix only until incorporated.
  6. Divide dough into two balls.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough is firm enough to roll.
  8. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  9. On floured surface, roll out one ball of dough until it is around 1/8 inch thick.
  10. Use round cookie cutter on half the dough (this will the bottom of the sandwich cookie).
  11. On the other half, use the round cookie cutter with the insert (this will be the top of the sandwich cookie).
  12. Transfer to parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
  13. Bake 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  14. Cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before removing.
  15. Invert bottom cookie and spread with jam.
  16. Dust the top cookies with confectioner's sugar and gently sandwich cookies together.
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Of course, you can use your own cookie cutters, but we bought a Linzer cookie cutter set (it was only $5 at Walmart) because we wanted them to be perfect.

Linzer cookie cutter set

We cut them out in even numbers for the sandwiches, putting the dough back in the refrigerator to chill in between rolling it out and baking.

After the cookies cool, sprinkle powdered sugar over the tops.

Linzer cookie recipe | Money Savvy Living

Then place on the bottom cookie with jam.  We used raspberry jam that has seeds, and it was delicious, but you can opt for seedless jam.

Linzer cookie recipe | Money Savvy Living

Apple Crisp: the Perfect Autumn Dessert

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Autumn has only been here a few days, per the calendar, but I have been in fall-mode for about a month now. When the kids go back to school, summer is over for me. That is my (un)official start of fall—and they have been back in school since mid-August.
With my early welcoming of autumn, I planted mums a few weeks ago and really felt like I was rushing the season change… until I was in Kohl’s a few weeks ago and saw a few Christmas displays out already, then they started popping up at Target and Walmart too… I decided I may actually be a bit late in starting my celebration of fall… As much as I love, Love, LOVE Christmas, I am not willing to by-pass autumn and all the great things that go along with it.
Fall is quite possibly my favorite season of the year. I enjoy the apple picking, crisp mornings, roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, the beautiful fall canvas of changing colors, hayrides, watching the kids select the perfect pumpkins for Halloween…

 

 

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The apple picking this fall was just a little bit extra special to me because the apples were from our own tree! Yes, the two little trees that we planted nearly 10 years ago are finally giving us some good apples. Well, one tree did. We bought two trees because one is the cross-pollinator for the other, so I am pretty sure that we would need another tree to cross-pollinate, but I honestly don’t even remember what variety of apple trees we bought. I am no expert in this area. I have no idea how long it should take for apple trees to bear fruit, but ours finally did, and I am excited!
The natural thing to do when you pick a bunch of apples off the trees that you have been growing for years is to make an apple crisp…so I did. Plus, I figured it would make my hubby happy.

Harvest Apple Crisp

Harvest Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • 5-6 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. oatmeal
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ¾ stick softened butter

Instructions

  1. Filling: Mix the dry ingredients together and toss the diced apples in the flour/cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  2. Spread out in the bottom of your prepared 13×9 pan (spray the bottom of the pan with a bit of non-stick spray)
  3. Crumb Topping: In the same bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, sugar, and butter. I find it best to just go ahead and get my hands in and mix it together and then crumble on top of the apples. While you may be tempted, like I am, to eat this crumb topping mixture raw, I assure you that it is even more delicious when it has baked on top of the apples!
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
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This apple crisp is delicious when served warm (with ice cream!) or at room temperature.

 

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You probably figured out that this literally cost me nothing to make. The apples were free since I grew them myself and only had the cost of the other ingredients, which I already had in my cabinet. Even if you buy the apples, this is an inexpensive, delightful dessert that really captures the deliciousness of the season.
ENJOY!

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