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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Spiced Holiday Cookies

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! We did and we're not even done yet! When our older boys come home from their Christmas break we have more gifts to open. 

Back to the matter at hand.

Everything I gave as gifts was homemade with one exception: my husband's gift.  I made homemade Playdough for kids and for the adult I made these delish cookies.  Check out the video below for the tutorial.  However, if you're not into that you can just skip it and copy the recipe below that. =)
I hope you give the recipe a try and let me know how you like them. =)

Don't they look awesome?!  They were a definite hit!

McCormick Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookies
2 1/3 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 C sugar
1 C (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 egg
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. 
2. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy.
3. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. 
4. Gradually beat in flour until well mixed. 
5. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight until firm.
6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
7. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.
8. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on greased baking sheets.
9. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
10. Cool on baking sheet for 1 min then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
11. Decorate with cookie icing. (Optional)
Cookie Icing
1 C confectioners (powdered) sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp almond extract (or other extract)
food coloring
1. Mix all ingredients until smooth
2. Decorate cookies.

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Have a beautiful and safe New Years Eve. 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DIY Play Dough

This year for Christmas I'm doing all homemade and VERY frugal!! I don't have the budget to do traditional gift giving this year so I'm doing what I know best, making things and saving money!  I made this Play Dough as a tester yesterday and let me tell you, it's AWESOME!!  =)  It's so soft even I wanted to play with it.


1 C Water
1 C Flour
1/2 C Salt
2 Tbsp Vinegar
2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
Food Coloring


1. Mix flour and salt in bowl
2. Mix water, vinegar, oil, and food coloring in seperate bowl or cup
3. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredient and mix until smooth.
4. Cover bowl and microwave on high for 4 minutes
5. Let cool then knead dough until soft and smooth
6. Store in ziploc or airtight container.

If you're more of a visual person check out my video below. =)

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