On The Seventh Day of Christmas Cookies

On The Seventh Day of Christmas Cookies.
I thought I’d bake for you. . .

Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter ~ softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
1 small jar red decorator sugar
1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries drained

Preheat oven 350º
Cream butter, sugar, salt, nutmeg and egg yolk. Add the flour a little at a
time until mixture is stiff
Place onto floured surface and knead lightly until the dough begins to
crack. Roll out 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes with cookie
Place on ungreased cookie sheet , decorate with colored sugar crystals and
maraschino cherries
Bake for 10 minutes of until golden brown.

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More Cookie Tips 102

Short cut ~ When your recipe calls for you to roll your dough into little
balls this is a great time saver. I always roll my dough into a log the
that is calls for, say an inch. Then I just cut off 1 inch pieces. I place
these in the powdered sugar or what ever the recipe calls for or if nothing
just place them on the cookie sheet. When cooked, they come out as round as
they would if you spend the time rolling them into little balls.

When your brown sugar is hard as a rock! Place your brown sugar in a
micro-safe bowl with just a few drops of water. Microwave for 15 seconds.
Remove and
mix, repeat if necessary but check to make sure that the sugar does not
melt. If you cook it to long, it will turn into liquid.
I store my opened brown sugar in an air tight container. I place a piece of
bread in with it, keeping it from getting hard.

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Chocolate Covered Turtles

1 pound caramels. About 54
2 Tablespoons water
3/4 pound pecans
6 ounce semi sweet chocolate

Heat caramels and water in top of double boiler until evenly melted.
Grease baking dish, arrange group of nuts into small clusters of four, about
2 inches apart. Drop melted caramel by teaspoons on each group. Let cool 15
Melt chocolate over hot water not boiling. pour a little on each one and let

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