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Wind Up for Christmas

November 24, 2011

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Can you believe that we are only a month from Christmas? I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. I haven’t had a lot of time to prepare yet, so now I find myself pulling out my tried and true recipes that I know I can make up quickly, and starting to go through catalogues and flyers, trying to think of just the right gifts for everyone on my shopping list. I haven’t even had a chance to think of what hand made gifts I want to give – and I always like to have at least something that I have made for all of my family. I know though that with a new baby in the family, that this Christmas will be even more special than usual. And now my other piece of good news that I can finally announce to the world – now that I have one beautiful grandchild, I’m going to have another next year! We are so blessed. My daughter Jenny, who has also been writing in this blog space about her journey to learn the art of sewing, is expecting her first child in May. Keith and I can hardly wait. Our only regret is that Jenny and her husband are living so far from us – but we’re hoping that after her husband finishes at university this spring, that the job market will bring them closer to us. I’m sure that Jenny will be adding some tidbits to the blog here as she starts to sew for her baby – as I will be doing too. We’re looking forward to our first shipment of the new Babyville Boutique products that should arrive sometime next week – and they’ll be posted on our website next week as well.

In the spirit of Christmas, here is one of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes, one that I’ve been enjoying since I was a small child. These cookies come from my mother’s Swedish heritage (my father was Swiss – seems appropriate that we would end up selling both Husqvarna (Swedish) and Bernina (Swiss) sewing machines!) Spritz cookies are easy to make, and make a large batch of cookies, but they do need a cookie press. I know that my kids always enjoyed being able to help with the cookie press, but the cookies didn’t always end up looking as pretty. You can leave these plain, or decorate with chocolate or sprinkles.

Swedish Christmas Spritz Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour and cornstarch; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended.
  3. Chill the dough until it firms up a bit.
  4. Fill cookie press and press out dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges are golden (watch carefully as you get to the end of the baking time as they brown quickly at the end) Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. Decorate as desired. Makes about 6 dzn cookies.

 

I’ve had some fun lately stitching our Christmas ornaments and Gift Card holders – visit our Free Project page to download embroidery designs and instructions for these!

 

I’ll write again soon and let you know about some of my Christmas projects!

 

Judi

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