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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

twd: grandma's all-occasion sugar cookies


holiday scene, complete with cookies

Some years the holiday spirit is strong, while others it seems to sputter. Since the holiday season and the end of the academic semester coincide, I'm often caught in a frenzy of paper grading and gift making and traveling that leaves me exhausted by the time Christmas Eve rolls around. This year, however, I'm managing the stress better thus far, and the generous, loving spirit burns strong. The early December snow has created a Winter Wonderland, and I long for two weeks to spend with family and friends enjoying leisurely days and treks in a world of white.

This morning I'm home instead of at work because of a snow day--a blessed event for all students and faculty who need just a smidge more time at the end of the semester to catch up on that paper writing and grading. As for me, I'm in between essay grading, and so I'm baking and blogging and watching Martha Stewart. As luck would have it, it's cookie week!

This week's TWD recipe, Grandma's All-Occasion Sugar Cookies, was selected by Ulrike of Küchenlatein, a delightful blog to test my undergraduate German minor (she also offers an English translation). I've baked Dorie's sugar cookies before, and I have to say that they're delicious! My great-grandma, Cookie Grandma, always made a brown sugar cookie, but it wasn't a roll out dough, therefore we don't have a sacred family sugar cookie recipe. I feel no qualms about declaring my unequivocal love for Dorie's version.

Dorie's dough is buttery and easy to manage. Like any roll out cookie, this one needs constant cooling. I rolled the cold dough out into a thin sheet, and popped it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. I then cut out the cookies and then popped it bake in the freezer before placing the sheet in the oven. The cold temperature should help the cookies hold their shape.

I made tiny trees, snowflakes, and hearts, because the holidays are all about love.

As the snow continues to swirl outside, and the world is awash in white, my mind is clear, and my heart is open, ready to share the abundance of the holiday season.

16 comments:

  1. oh yesh! xmas season is all about love. hah. yours look lovely.. shimmery even in the darkened room! lovely..

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  2. Hey! It's time to relax now... have a cookie, Dharmagirl! LOL
    I love the whole scene (including the cookies! LOL)! Christmas must be totaly magical at your house!

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  3. I agree with Vibi. I bet you have a wonderful Christmas spirit in your home! Nice cookies!

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  4. you're right...the holidays ARE all about love. and your cookies sound fantastic--i'm so glad you were able to take some time off from your busy schedule and bake these! are those red and green sprinkles i see? love the festive touch!

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  5. I love your cookies sitting in that cozy looking Christmas scene. Im glad you liked the sugar cookies!

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  6. Your descriptive scenery leads me to believe that you are sitting by the fire, cup of hot cocoa in hand, just reveling in the wonderment of the season.

    Well, if not, then you should!

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  7. What a great post...and beautiful cookies too!

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  8. Your cookies look fabulous! It rained all day today and washed away all of our snow. :(

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  9. and here is the link to the Fancy Flours website http://www.fancyflours.com/

    Lots of baking deliciousness (is that a word?) I like to cruise around their website but I like flipping through the paper catalog even better! Have fun!

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  10. thanks, everyone! i wish i had a fireplace:) but hot chocolate is a must every evening.

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  11. I love snow days too! I love your Christmas scene (and your cookies).

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  12. I love your cookies! They're so cute! HAppy snow day, and happy grading :)

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  13. Snow Day!! I am super jealous! I hope you cuddled up on this couch with those delicious cookies!

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  14. What cute Christmas decoration you have up! The cookies look yummy.

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  15. My grandma always baked "Braune Kuchen", a special cookie from Northern Germany.

    Glad you liked the sugar cookies.
    Thanks for joining TWD and baking with me

    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

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  16. I've spent the last few days snowed in baking and reading. Its sort of like my own personal retreat away from my normally crazy, busy life.

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