Christmas Sugar Cookies

Happy Tuesday foodies!

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday. Man, life seems to be flying by this year. I cannot believe my birthday is in a few days and then Christmas comes. I am not very excited about my birthday because next year is a huge milestone year and I want nothing to do with that number. I hope this year lasts forever.

Where has life gone?!

I will tell you where all of my time went last night: IKEA! Nick and I have spent hours and hours researching desks and other office supplies. I am serious – you think you cannot spend more than 24 hours researching the appropriate desk, office furniture, computers and supplies?

I am here to tell you that people like that exist – HERE I AM!

I spent several hours last week looking at desks and then ALL day on Saturday Nick and I sat around researching the perfect desk. We thought we found it and wanted to order it, so I suggested going to IKEA yesterday to take a look at the desk components.

I am so, absolutely happy we did; because, I hated the desk we picked out.

Important lesson: do your research, BUT go take a look at the stuff BEFORE you order it.

Instead of spending an hour at IKEA we spent close to 4 hours there. Oh yes,  4 hours. In fact, we were sitting at a desk so long another customer came over and asked where her raise was. Funny? Sure. Nick kept looking at her and did not seem to get the punch line, so I started joking around with her. She had a great attitude when I said we did not have any money in the budget to give her a raise right now.

We narrowed it down to two new ones, and finally I picked the one I thought would work the best – the desk Nick wanted weeks ago.

I always feel like I’m giving in to Nick. He loves black décor and I don’t want to live with a black foundation for the rest of my life. The desk is a black, glass top; just what Nick likes. I could not believe it, nor could he. He kept asking me if I was positive that was the one I wanted, because he did not want me to blame him for getting his way all of the time when it comes to furniture. I really like the desk, by the way. We also picked out a great filing cabinet and a great bookshelf.

We go down to the warehouse to pull of the ‘ingredients’ that we need for the office only to find that the legs for the desk were unavailable. Not only that, they did nto have our filing cabinet in stock, either. GREAT. Not only have we down tons of research, but also we have spent 4 hours in the store… all of that not to get what we wanted?!

I was stressed & I wanted food. So we enjoyed some Swedish Meatballs, macaroni & cheese and also some mashed potatoes with gravy. Thank GOD for IKEA food!

Customer service gave us some tips on how to verify the stuff we need is in stock, so hopefully we will be able to get all of our ingredients on Thursday. Nick does not want to go there on my birthday, but if we have to we will be driving up there on Friday.

Okay, moving on.

Food. Recipes. Not stories. Hmmm, what do I have for you? Oh yes, COOKIES!

I made some cookies last week for the Wounded Warrior Project. One of the recipes was for sugar cookies. I did not think they were going to turn out, but they were GOOD! Thank you Martha Stewart for allowing me to feel like I can bake! So take a loo at these delicious Christmas Sugar Cookies. 

Here is what you will need:

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

  • 4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl 
  • Put butter and sugar in a bowl of an electric mixture fitted with the paddle attachment
  • Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy

 

  • Mix in eggs and vanilla

 

 

  • Reduce speed to low
  • Gradually mix in flour mixture
  • Divide dough in half; flatten each half into a disk
  • Wrap each in plastic
  • Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F with racks in upper and lower thirds
  • Let one disk of dough stand at room temperature just until soft enough to roll, about 15 minutes
  • Roll out dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to ¼ inch thick
  • Remove top layer of plastic wrap
  • Cut out cookies with cookie cutters
  • Transfer cookie dough  on plastic wrap to a baking sheet
  • Transfer baking sheet to freezer, freeze until very firm, about 10 minutes
  • Remove baking sheet from freezer and transfer shapes to slightly greased baking sheets
  • Roll out scraps, and repeat.
  • Bake, switching positions of sheet and rotating halfway through, until edges turn golden, about 15 to 18 minutes.

 

*I take this approach how long it takes to bake these cookies: when the cookies look like there is a SLIGHT bronze on the bottom, take them out of the oven because they are done. I would say somewhere closer to 13 to 15 minutes, but it really depends on how dark you like your cookies & how your oven bakes!

I really enjoyed the taste of these cookies. I kept a couple that I thought were flops from my first batch, but THEY WERE DELICIOUS when I was removed from the pressure of cooking.

These are so easy to make and even easier to eat. Go make some, right now! Go. Go. Go.

Until Next Time,

Happy Sugar Cookie Bakin’