Santa’s almost here and I of course am behind.
Daily I have been reminded of the cookies that need to be made for Santa’s arrival. Add to the list the tamales I have yet to begin, the brisket I must prep, a pot of beans and well it leaves for a busy day.
So we have decided to leave Santa a tasty Texas cookie. Why not butter him up with sugar cookies in shape of our great state? Just a gentle nod for him remember us next year.
Knowing he will be in a festive mood, we are also leaving him a Texas Christmas beer…hey it’s the holidays..why can’t Santa celebrate?
So for St. Nick we leave St Arnold…the patron saint of brewers.
Happy Holidays to all !! Sweet Life sends big Texas hugs and sticky kisses (hey I am eating cookies). Love you all…Enjoy!
Saint Arnold , Houston, Texas
Ideal Sugar Cookies
by Martha Stewart
from The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook
2 cups all -purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (1stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp brandy or milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder in a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar; add dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated. With mixer running add egg, brandy or milk, and vanilla- mix until incorporated.
Trasfer dough to a work surface and shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap and refirgerate for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to lined baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly brown, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.