Monday, July 26, 2010

Christmas in July

Our family likes to make plates of treats to bring around to all of our friends at Christmas-time.

Last Christmas we were just a little too busy with our new cute baby, so we never got to do it. The kids LOVE bringing treats to people, and were bummed that it didn't happen.

I got to thinking how fun it would be to do a little Christmas in July treat. It makes sense in a way... everyone always gets so many treats at Christmas, and I know that we don't get to appreciate all of the stuff that we get. So why not spread the Christmas spirit at a different time of year?

We spent last week mixing up dough, cutting out sugar cookies, baking, decorating, and finally delivered them on Monday for FHE.

And as we drove the treats around, and I watched the red frosting melt right off of the candy cane cookies, I realized that maybe there is a real reason for delivering treats in December.


The kid's wore a Santa hat, and we had a BLAST surprising everyone with our treats! We got a lot of laughs and a lot of, "Merry Christmas-es" and it was a really fun night!

And just for my mom (who complained the last time I mentioned cookies I had made on the blog without sharing a recipe... just teasin' ya, Mom), here is my very most favorite sugar cookie recipe. It makes buttery, slightly-sweet perfect soft sugar cookies that are just slightly crispy on the edges. YUM!

Perfectly Soft Sugar Cookies

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream
6 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

In an electric or stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream until well combined. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.

In 2 batches, place in plastic wrap in a disc shape and chill for at least 2 hours for best results.

Once chilled, flour the surface and roll and cut into desired shapes (I roll to about 1/4"-I like thicker cookies). Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, until very lightly golden brown. Remove and let cool. Frost and decorate as desired.

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