This time of year, my mind doesn’t immediately turn to decorations or gift buying (or getting). I’m not thinking turkey or ham or holiday traffic. My thoughts turn toward cookies. I love to bake. Cake, pie, cookies, you name it. I find it therapeutic. Cookies are my go-to dessert because they’re fast easy and there are so many varieties... which leads me back to why thoughts go to cookies at this time of year.
It’s like an excuse to bake as much as I want, as often as I can, and try as many varieties as possible. I can rarely leave a recipe alone. I like to experiment. What if I added coconut... chocolate, etc. I have my favorites, and those varieties requested by friends and family, but I love to try out new varieties every year. I bake them for friends, neighbors, family, and this year I’m even selling them.
I think it would be awesome to participate in a giant cookie exchange, but as that’s kind of problematic, how about an informal cookie recipe exchange?
I’ll give you my favorite sugar cookie recipe and if you have a favorite recipe, post them in the comments.
I’ve always loved sugar cookie dough, but this one... the cookies are good without frosting.
½ cup butter, room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
½ tsp almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
Cream together cream cheese, butter and sugar. Blend until smooth. Add egg and vanilla extract. Mix. Add flour and baking powder and blend together.
Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour. (I’ve refrigerated overnight with no problem)
Take half of the dough and roll it to a ¼ inch thick on a well-floured surface. Cut out the cookies and bake them at 350 for 6 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. (Cooking time depends a lot on what shape you choose for your cookie) If you don’t like the taste of almond, substitute vanilla.
Cool and frost or decorate as you desire.
Let me know what you think of the cookies! I will check the comments and try your recipes too. I may just pick one I like the best and send you a batch of my famous—in my family anyway—lemon cookies. Because who doesn’t love getting cookies?
Not only is my mind full of cookie thoughts, I’m celebrating my upcoming release, Journey of Wisdom, which is the third book in the Triune Stones series. I don’t think Ilythra ever made a cookie in her life, but she’d probably eat one or two.
Journey of Wisdom comes out December 30th, just in time for New Year’s reading!
So please, leave your favorite recipe or a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below!