Christmas Cookie Countdown- Day 2 Vienna Cutouts

This is a repost from last year, but a classic I will ALWAYS make. Here’s why:

 

I know this isn’t the exact recipe that she made, but this cookie reminds me of my Grandma Ryan. She used to bake a simple sugar cookie, and instead of icing them all, she would sprinkle colored sugar on the cookies before baking them, making them a pretty and simple cookie. I remember making them with her a few times, but what I remember more is seeing them on a fancy plate in the kitchen on Christmas Night, after dinner with the family. Her house was truly magical to me at Christmas. I think I have more memories of her house during the holidays then I do of the house I grew up in! Either way, these cookies bring me right back to that place. I’m sure they didn’t have almond in the original recipe, but I like the flavor of almond and somehow these cookies bring back to Grandma Ryan. She passed away this past February, so there was no question these cookies had to be made this year…

The recipe comes from 2011’s Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookie Special Edition. There’s a lot of great cookie gems I go to Christmas baking. I will feature other through out the countdown. Anyways, here the recipe:

Vienna Almond Cutouts

3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

2 1/4 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cups sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1/4 tsp almond extract (they say it’s optional-I use it!)

1. In a food processor, pulse the toasted almonds until they are finely ground. In a bowl combine the flour, almonds and salt.

2. In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy and fluffy at medium speed. Add the egg, lemon, and vanilla and almond extract.

3. Beat in as much as the flour mixture as you can, scraping the sides occasionally.

4. Divide dough in half and wrap in saran wrap. Chill in fridge for 2 hours or until firm.

5. Roll out about 1/4″ thick and cut out with cookie cutters. This is where I add the colored sugar!

6. Bake at 350F for 8 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

7. Cool on a wire wrack and enjoy!!!!

 

***Healthy Tip

Put the soda and sugary drinks down! In fact, put the diet drinks down too! Water is the best way to stay hydrated and flush your system. Dink more water this holiday season. Drink a glass before a meal to make you feel fuller faster- you won’t eat as much! Drink a glass when you first wake up to start your day off right! Give yourself the best Christmas gift ever- a hydrated you!!!!!

 

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Another Kitchen Disaster

 

 

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Let me preface this by saying this is NOT the first time I’ve tried to get fancy with a cake. I actually TEACH cake decorating and fondant/gum paste art to children in a summer camp. I”m posting another disaster picture to show you all out there that we all make mistakes sometimes. And that it’s okay…

 

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Thanks God for Shoprite though… 😉