Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Goodies

 Each Christmas season I have a few recipes that I tend to lean on (sugar cookies, sausage balls, fudge & pecan pies). I'd like to share a few recipes with you all since they were such a hit last night at the Holiday Market. :) Thank you to everyone for coming and to my sweet friends that all have been blessed w/beautiful talents!

White Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter 
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour

Source: Annies-Eats

Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm. Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Frost and decorate when cool. Yields ~40 cookies.

Royal Icing

2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice until combined. Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth. The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air. Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.

Cappuccino Fudge

1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream
½ c. sugar
2/3 c. heavy whipping cream
¼ c. margarine/butter
1 t. instant coffee powder
¼ t. cinnamon
¼ t. salt
1 t. vanilla
1 (12 oz.) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Adapted from: Annies-Eats


Line an 8” square baking pan with aluminum foil; set aside. In a 2 qt. saucepan, combine marshmallow cream, sugar, cream, butter, coffee powder, cinnamon and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips until smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Place on cutting board and cut into 36 squares.

Merry Christmas, Y'all! 

* This is a new fudge recipe I tried this year and it's delish! And VERY easy to make! Enjoy!

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