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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A cookie swap

I have some new cookie cutters that I can't wait to use this year. I picked them up at Birmingham Bake & Cook last month. The best pictures of these brass cutters are on the tree~ they were put to good use before they were turned into Christmas tree decorations.
My friend Kat reminded me that Jan & Tom were having a cookie swap today. I had to rush on over with a plate of Christmas cookies~ it was the neighborly thing to do.

The recipe is in our cookbook 'Starting Fresh', but I'll post it again here for y'all. These are the best iced cookies I've ever made.

Gekie's Butter Cookies
1 cup real butter– that’s 2 sticks
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 cups cake flour
pinch salt
2 tsp baking powder
4 tsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven to 400°
Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add beaten eggs and vanilla, and mix till smooth. Sift dry ingredients together then add to butter mixture, stir until smooth.
Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake for 8-12 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Watch them, they burn quickly, they are best when only lightly browned.
Let cool and decorate with store bought icing for the holidays.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies. Store covered, may be frozen for several weeks (or just take them to the neighbors).

Merry Christmas y'all!

Shabby In The City sent me this link for Eleni's Cookies. Have you seen them? I wonder if they taste half as good as they look? What a Great gift idea!!
Thanks bunches


justabeachkat said...

Gosh, those sound really good. How will I ever take off some weight with so many good things all around me?!

Christmas hugs to you!

Sandi McBride said...

We do a cookie swap here that involves making 8 dozen cookies and I'm about whipped! But I got my cookies your cookie swap was fantastic!

Char said...


Leigh said...

UMMM! My friends are lame and dont back-except one. WE suggested a cookie swap and they poo pooed our idea.

Enjoy! Looks fun!

Kathy said...

Your recipe looks absolutely wonderful, Sandi! I can't wait to try it!
Merry Christmas...Kathy

girasoli said...

Yummy recipe. I have been toying with the idea of baking cookies this year. I may have to try this recipe out. Love the tree pictures :)

Darius T. Williams said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe...these sound great!

Josh Lane said...


These sound delicious.

Although, I'm thinking about baking ONE (yes, only one) batch of cookies this Holiday season. Of all your recipes, which one would you recommend I choose to do?

Holiday Cheers!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Kat~ there are no calories on the blog
Sandi~ 8 dozen? that's a bunch
Leigh~ find new friends!
Kathy~ Let me know when you do.
Girasoli~ My kitchen tree is covered with cookie cutters and candy canes
Josh~ My favorite is the chocolate chunk ginger cookie that is like the one at the fickle pickle in Roswell. That would be my choice

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Yummo!! I received a lobster cookie cutter the other day as a gift for Christmas. The cutter is huge!!! I don't imagine I would get more than four cookies out of one sugar cookie recipe dough. I used to make peanut butter fudge for Christmas. Forgot all about that. (Going to see if I have any peanut butter.) Merry Christmas to you and yours. ~ Lynn

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Gosh darn I'm lickin' my chops over the last 3 posts! I'm really digging the copper cutters and intend on becoming a fine cookie decorator before too long. Have you seen those at ???

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Lynn~ that lobster would take a lot of dough and red food coloring. Maybe better to just hang it on the tree.
Shabby~ my cookies never look 'professional', but they are better than the one's the kids used to make.

The Whispering Poppies said...

I've been searching for a good butter cookie recipe - this one sounds GREAT! Thank you for sharing it! I just love the cookie cutters on the tree! Thank you for joining in, Sandi!

Josh Lane said...

Thanks for the tip. Will check out the chocolate chunk ginger cookie.

I'll also be two houses down from the Fickle Pickle on Monday. Will check that out too.

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