Friday, 12 December 2008

X-mas recipes for this year

Sugar Cookies


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Cooking Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium until smooth. Add sugar. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolk until combined. Add vanilla. Beat until combined.
  2. Add flour and salt. Beat until combined, scraping down side of bowl occasionally.
  3. Between two sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap with a rolling pin roll the dough to ¼-inch thickness. Cut out shapes. Reroll and use scraps until all dough is used.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes,depending on the size of the cookies, or until lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.


These cookies can be made through step 3, wrapped well, and refrigerated up to 1 week, or frozen up to 6 months.

Tips & Tricks

These cookies are also the perfect consistancy for making spritz cookies.

Preparation Time:

25 minutes, not including decorating time


About 2 dozen cookies, depending on the size of the cookie cutters

Baking Time: 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies

Baked Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds small new potatoes (scrubbed)
3 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
1/2 teaspoon crumbled rosemary (optional)

Nutritional Information
1 serving:
Calories 219
Saturated Fat 1g
Total Fat 8g
Sodium 16mg
Cholesterol 0mg
Protein 3g
Carbohydrate 35g
Fiber 6g
Because most of their nutrients are directly beneath the skin, don't peel new potatoes. Just scrub and cook.

Makes 8 servings.

Step 1:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with the garlic, oil, and rosemary, if using.

Step 2:
Transfer to a roasting pan and roast about 45 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Look for smooth-skinned solid potatoes. Avoid potatoes that are blemished or sprouting and those with a green color, which will taste bitter.