day 9: {big soft sugar cookie cakes}

i love sprinkles. now i realize i’ve said i love alot of things. but, i really, really, really like sprinkles.  alot. which i believe, can therefore be translated into a love of sprinkles. i came across the bakers confections on esty awhile back.  they have so many fun baking things.  i’ve order cupcake liners and sprinkles from them before and was pleased.  however, i just received my second order from them and i was ecstatic when it arrived.  i ordered all kinds of fun Christmas sprinkles and cupcake liners and i cannot wait to use them.  and in fact, i didn’t wait.  as soon as the mail came today i busted out to the mailbox for my goodies that were arriving.  and yes, it was all as fantastic as i’d hoped!

so, today, i bring you fun Christmas sprinkled sugar cookies.  i personally am a fan of soft and chewy cookies and these big soft sugar cookie cakes hit the nail on the head.

what you’ll need:

 1 cup butter, softened

2 ½ cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

sprinkles

 instructions:

1. In electric mixer, cream butter and sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

3. Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture alternately with the milk.

4. Drop by heaping spoonfuls {or you can use medium size scoop} onto ungreased cookie sheets.

{space at least 3 inches apart so cookies have plenty of room to spread}.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until light brown.

6. Remove from cookies sheets to cool on wire racks.

7. When completely cool, frost cookies and decorate with sprinkles.

{see below for buttercream frosting recipe}

Buttercream Frosting

2 sticks butter, room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

Dash of salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon heavy cream or milk

instructions:

Beat butter in electric mixer until fluffly.

Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time.

Add vanilla.

Add heavy cream or milk.

Beat on high for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.

enjoy!

day 7: {pecan sandies}

my grannie makes these every Christmas.  i think they are delicious.  they’re one of my favorites. and one of my dad’s favorites.

Pecan Sandies:

2 cups flour

dash of salt

4 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons vanilla

2 cups pecans, chopped

{flour & sugar & salt are just not as much fun to instagram}

directions:

cream butter.

add sugar and salt.

add flour.

add vanilla.

add chopped pecans.

mix well.

roll dough into little balls.

place on parchment lined cookie sheet.

bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.

let cool.

roll in powered sugar.

yields about 4 dozen

 enjoy!

day 3: {Christmas ornaments}

growing up each year at Christmas my mom and brothers and i would make a Christmas ornament.  my mom is one of those crafty people and she always found fun things for us kids to make around the holidays.  the Christmas crafts were always my favorite.  so, today, i don’t have a yummy treat to share with you, but a fun little Christmas craft that you could do with the ones you love, for memories that just may last a lifetime.

these are just a few of my favorite ornaments from my childhood.

now to make your own!

supplies:

mod podge

white or clear glass ball ornaments

sponge brush

pages from an old book or a newspaper

wax paper

directions:

1. place a piece of wax paper down on your work surface.

2. remove the hanger from the glass ball.

3. pour a little mod podge into a small glass bowl or plastic container you don’t mind throwing away.

4. tear paper into small pieces.

5. using your sponge brush paint some mod podge onto a section of the ornament.

6. paint a small amount of mod podge onto a couple of the pieces of paper while they’re laying on the wax paper.

7. place the paper pieces on the ornament and paint over them with mod podge.

at first the mod podge will look white and cloudy, but don’t worry, once it dries it’s clear and shiney.

8. place the ornament on the lip where the hanger goes to dry.

9. let dry for several hours or overnight.

there you have it. your very own Christmas ornament!

just for fun, i thought i’d include an ornament my parents painted together when they were engaged.  this is just one of the whole collection of Charlie Brown Christmas ornaments we have on the tree.