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Christmas Baking

Posted by mrssmythe on December 19, 2013 in Celebrations, Kitchen |

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We finally got around to some holiday baking today. It was Pepper’s doing. She had two social events coming up and needed sugary snacks for both – so, into the kitchen we went.

Pepper is now able to do a lot of baking herself, so she made the cupcakes she wanted to take to tonight’s Girl Scout party. That gave me some extra time to work on the Christmas cards I still had to get out.

After the cupcakes were finished, we started the sugar cookies.

These are one of my favorite parts of holiday baking and always make me think of my sister who is the undisputed queen of sugar cookie baking in our family.

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The buttercream frosting recipe I use is one she and I picked up in a cake decorating class years back. It’s tasty stuff.

Some Christmases, I’ve piped it onto the cookies with special frosting bags, but this year, I decided on a more “rustic” look. (Translated: I didn’t have as much time as usual.) After tinting the frosting liberally with food coloring, I slathered it onto the cookies the same way you butter a roll (in an ideal universe). Nice and thick. A few shakes of sprinkles and we were done.

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Now – the hard part will be reserving fourteen or so for Pepper’s cookie exchange tomorrow night. And, I’m speaking chiefly to myself. I’ve been sneaking the darn things all evening.

There are exactly three left now (beyond Pepper’s fourteen) – one for me and one for each of the girls. (CPT America prefers his sugar cookies without frosting, and already ate his allotment this afternoon). I would hope I’m not the sort of mother who would steal cookies from her own children, but…

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No, I’ll be good.

And if I must, I suppose I can always make another batch.

From the dining room table, with a cat asleep in the clean laundry,

Mrs. Smythe

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