December 23, 2013

A Frosted Day

This is what it looked like across the lake, outside our window this morning:
A pretty frosty and snowy start for the day, so it seemed like a fitting backdrop for frosting the cookies Maia and I baked up last week:

We started with Grandma Hallmann's recipe, which she baked every year and we kids loved.
Grandma's White Cream Cookie Recipe
Written in her own hand...mine never seem to taste quite the same as hers.

                           Mix                                              Chill                                          Roll and cut

"It's good, Gigi!"
"Yes, and even better that you're baking and tasting cookies from a recipe that your
great-great grandmother used as far back as 85 years ago!"

After they were all baked, they went into the freezer...where they stayed until today.

I tried this Sugar Cookie Icing recipe from

1 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
2 tsp. Milk
2 tsp. Corn Syrup
1/4 tsp. Almond Extract

I liked the consistency of the frosting but not the flavor of the Almond Extract (it seemed to overpower the cookies) so I substituted Vanilla Extract in the next batch. It was perfect. The corn syrup gives a nice glossy finish too!

I hastily decorated some with additional frosting and sprinkles but then thought to leave some just with the "base coat" so anyone so inclined to do so can finish decorating them at my just-now-thought-up Cookie Decorating Contest during the Christmas Eve family get-together tomorrow!


Why should I be the only one who gets to have all the fun?

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