It's Merry December, a time to celebrate each morning as a gift... may you all have a spiritually full Christmas season!
I love the preparation for Christmas more than the actual day...people seem more open to thinking of others, and take efforts to create a little magic- just look around at the lights and decorations. Christmas doesn't have to be commercialized...it depends on how YOU celebrate it in your heart.
Today, I hope to go to the local senior citizen's craft bazaar at a local church, and make snow flake cookies later this afternoon.
Recipe for Snow Flakes
Uses a cookie press (Mirro cooky press)
Bake time:12-15 min
Yield- 6 dozen
1 cup shortening
3 ounces of cream cheese (the secret ingredient)
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon grated orange rind (the other secret ingredient!)
2 1/2cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
*Cream shortening, cream cheese and sugar.
*Beat in egg yolk, vanilla and grated orange rind.
*Gradually, blend in flour, salt and cinnamon.
*Fill cookie press. Form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.
*Add decorations- colored sugar, sprinkles, etc.
*Bake at 350ºF for about 12 minutes.
*Remove from trays onto cooling rakes.