December 14, 2008

Christmas Baking... A Dozen Things Done and I'm Happy with the Sugar Cookie Glaze.

I sent my husband out the door with an errand list a mile long and the deal was he would do the last items on our Christmas lists if I would stay home and get started on the baking. He must be desperate for some homemade Christmas goodies around here because it was COLD out there!

I'm happy to report that 8 1/2 hours of baking and cooking now has my freezer full of 12 items! Twelve! What a great feeling. I know I'll be too busy this week to do any baking and who knows what next weekend will hold! So at least I have a good start.

I also want to report that without measuring I roughly followed this glaze recipe that we previously talked about...

Perfect Glaze for Sugar Cookies

2 1/2 c powdered sugar

2 T water

1 T Land O Lakes butter, softened

1 T light corn syrup

1/2 t almond extract or vanilla

Food color, if desired

Combine powdered sugar, water, butter, corn syrup and vanilla in small mixer bowl; mix until powdered sugar is moistened. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional water if necessary to reach desired spreading consistency. Tint with food color, if desired.

Glaze cooled cookies and let stand until hardened (6 hrs. or overnight).

I did not actually measure everything (oh come on... you know that's how I cook and bake!) and I'm very, very happy with the results. You can see how brightly colored the red and green are in this picture I snapped of some of the items on the table.

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