Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cookie Mix

Listening to Christmas music is one of my favorite things. It is part of almost every other Christmas-related activity--wrapping presents, opening presents, making cookies and other 'goodies' or feast items, not to mention all the play music gets in car trips--back and forth all month long. But today I'm going to share some music and a recipe.

Let's play word association. Andy Williams = sugar cookies. I love my mom's sugar cookies. Love them. I'd eat them year round. But mom's diabetic. So the cookies only come once a year. But when they come, they are accompanied by Andy William Christmas CDs.

While mom's tradition is to listen to Andy Williams, I have traditions of my own as well. While I like Andy Williams, he's not "my favorite and best" soundtrack for making cookies. Therefore I present MY cookie playlist. The music will make you just as warm and cozy and happy as the cookies. :)
Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies (1966)

3 1/2 c. sifted all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. soft butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. (Hint, mom leaves out the salt.) Beat butter or margarine, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in bowl until light and fluffy. add sifted dry ingredients gradually; blend thoroughly. Pinch off small piece of dough; roll between palms of hands into balls about 1 inch in diameter; place about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheets. Butter bottom of water tumbler; dip in sugar; press balls of dough down carefully until they are about 1/8 inch thick. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Makes about 4 dozen.

(We always use cookie cutters so we ignore half the instructions. (This is probably why we never get the promised 4 dozen cookies.) The dough will need to be refrigerated or "chilled" at least an hour before you can roll it out. The recipe is from a book without a cover. It's a recipe book that's been well-loved and has a few sticky pages. So I don't know offhand which book it is.)

Becky's Cookie Mix

Medley: Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season by Andy Williams
The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
Here Comes Santa Claus by Bing Crosby
Home for the Holidays by Perry Como
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Dean Martin
Mistletoe and Holly by Frank Sinatra
Jingle Bells by Bing Crosby
Silver Bells by Dean Martin
Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Frank Sinatra
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Dean Martin
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams
Deck the Halls by Nat King Cole
Winter Wonderland by Louis Armstrong
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby
The Christmas Waltz by Frank Sinatra
Baby, It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin
Christmas Time All Over the World Sammy Davis Jr.
The Merry Christmas Polka by Jim Reeves
Caroling, Caroling by Nat King Cole
O Christmas Tree by Vince Guaraldi
Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi
Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Vince Guaraldi
Welcome Christmas (reprise) The Whos is Whoville
One More Sleep Til Christmas by The Muppets
Believe by Josh Groban
The Magic of Christmas Day by Celine Dion
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