B is for Baking


Cooking all manner of things has become more and more enjoyable to me within the last several years – baking feels among the most artistic forms of creating food, one that I seem to enjoy the most at Christmastime.  I have memories of making sugar cookies as a child with my mom, mixing up the dough, waiting impatiently for it to chill in the fridge, rolling it out on the counter, eating bits of it raw.  Then we’d cut them out, bake them, and mix up different colors of powdered sugar icing and art them up.  We also made peppermint bark, english toffee, fudge, Russian tea cakes, and for Christmas morning, a gooey cinnaman and sugar pull-apart.

Chris has memories of his Grandma’s Spritz cookies.  Enjoy the recipe!

Grandma Esther’s Spritz Cookies

¼ lb. margarine
¼ lb. butter

½ c. sugar
1 egg yolk
2 c. flour
1 tsp. almond extract

Cream margarine, butter and sugar.  Add egg yolk and then flour.  Add almond extract.  Put through cookie press.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Makes 6 dozen.

Baking feels like the cooking version of crafts.  Add this and that and the other thing, put it in the oven, and you have something that is sweet, tasty, and pretty.  A few sprinkles here, a dollop of colorful frosting there.  Yum.  I will so enjoy it when my son is old enough to start baking our favorite Christmas recipes with us…


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