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Christmas Cookies

I went to what I thought was an appointment at the hospital yesterday (just a check up) but evidently, I was 2 weeks early, haha.  What can I say, it’s been another hectic week and the pages on my planner got stuck together (which will teach me a lesson about carrying around a large quantity of candy in my purse).

There’s nothing quite like visiting a hospital to make your realize how lucky you are.  Of course, me being me, I got lost and wound up circling the entire premise and scaling the stairs as if it were a new aerobics exercise.  So many lost faces, stifled children, and paper cuts.

During my senior year in high school, I was convinced that becoming a registered nurse was my intended path.  To explore this avenue, I interned at the local hospital.  Enriching, inspiring, incredible were all words that floated in my head as I headed in for my first day.  What I didn’t consider was the fact that I was placed in the Ob/Gyn, Neonatal and Labor and Delivery units.  Needless to say, my very first day consisted of a vaginal irrigation, witnessing a still born birth, and inspecting a fetus.  I went home and cried that day, not even chocolate cake could provide any solace.  So many people are sick, suffering, alone…lonely.

So I’m on a loop here, but I feel so blessed.  Lucky.  Thankful …for all my limbs, food in the fridge, and the ability to sleep in my own bed (and so much more) but I just wanted to share that with y’all.

I hope that some of you are continuing with Random Acts of Christmas.  How about sharing these festive cookies?

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Christmas Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Baking/Dessert

Ingredients
  • 3 c unbleached flour*
  • 2 ts baking powder
  • ¼ ts fine salt
  • 1 ts cinnamon
  • ½ ts freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 sticks softened unsalted butter
  • ½ c sugar
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • 2 ts vanilla
  • 2 room temperature eggs
Icing
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tb milk
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Food color

Instructions
  1. In your first bowl, sift together all your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, spices.
  2. In your second bowl, cream together your butter and sugars for at least 5 minutes (please use soft, room temperature butter).
  3. Tip in your vanilla and one egg at a time. Mix well.
  4. In three separate additions, combine your wet and dry together, being mindful not to over beat.
  5. Roughly form your dough into a flat circular shape, wrap with plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  6. Roll out your dough to about ¼” thickness (lightly flour your hands, roller, and cookie cutters). I like to roll and cut directly on my plastic wrap.
  7. Dip your cutters in a bit of flour between each cut and lay them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes. Cool immediately on cookie racks.
  9. To make the icing, whisk together your powdered sugar, milk and color. (Tailor to how thick or loose you like your icing).

Notes
*Considering all the sugar involved, I opted to use spelt flour for these

Lucky,

Love and Cookies,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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