Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 3-Parkay Christmas Cookies

These simple yet delicious cookies hold a special place in my heart, as they were always seen in my mom's kitchen during the month of December. This recipe has been in her family forever, and it only calls for five ingredients (unfortunately, including an amount of butter so obscene it would earn me the side-eye even from someone like Paula Deen). The end result is almost like a shortbread cookie, very buttery and comforting. The trick is not to bake these cookies too long; eight minutes in the oven is the absolute max. A great treat to bring to a cookie exchange, serve at an office party, or just to have at the house (but don't count on them lasting long. Will had every intention of taking them into work, but somehow that didn't happen).

Ingredients:

4 (yes, 4) sticks of butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup of sugar
4 1/2 cups of flour
red and green colored sugar for decorating

Directions:

1. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl.

2. Add sugar and vanilla, beating after each addition.
3. Add flour and mix well (but do not over-mix).
4. Dump colored sugar on a long roll of wax paper.
5. Divide the dough into 3 rolls, about 2-3 inches in diameter, and about a foot long.
6. Roll in sugar, and wrap in wax paper or saran wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice into small pieces, making sure the dough isn't too cold or the cookie dough will fall apart. They should look like this:
NOT this:
8. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake for approx. 8 minutes. They should be a very pale tan. Do not remove from the cookie sheet 2-3 minutes after they come out of the oven.

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