Baby It’s Cold Outside…And Sugar Cookies

ice storm picAs an arctic blast makes its way across the continent (due to arrive in my town of Nashville on Friday), it’s imperative to be prepared.

There are those wonkish types who will stockpile batteries, water, and canned goods. But if an avid reader really wants to be able to face anything Old Man Winter throws her way, she needs sustenance…and I’m not talking about cans of Chef Boyardee.

Aside from a light source, what’s truly needed is books and snacks. A fully charged Kindle or a stack of paperbacks is a must. I mean, what else is there to do when the power goes out? (If you’re an OB nurse or doc, you might want to brace yourself for the first week of Sept. ’14)

amazon imageSome great titles to have by your side include Christmas On Main Street (perfect for the season, too!) and now just 99 cents.

AB set smallIf the weather makes you think of end-of-the-world scenarios, check out my Apocalypse Babes series, to worry about fictional problems instead of those pesky real ones.

Whether you’re reading heart-warming stories or Gothic sci-fi romance, you need snacks. And a perfect cold weather accompaniment is cookies. Sugar cookies to be specific. Here’s my recipe, culled from various cookbooks and my mother’s tweaks over many years. The taste is unparalleled (nothing blah here). I hope you love it as much as I do.

cookiesCream together 3/4 cup butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Add in an egg and blend well. Then add 1/2 tsp of almond flavoring and 1/2 tsp vanilla (or a little more to taste). Blend. Mix together 2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar (note: there’s no leavening agent), then add to the wet ingredients and blend until just combined. I put the dough (I always double the recipe) into a gallon Zip-Loc bag, flatten it out a bit, and chill for several hours or overnight in the fridge.

Then roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4″. Place cookie cutouts (don’t forget the sprinkles!) on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 deg. for 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to cool. I like mine a little dark gold on the edges so they have an extra crispy, buttery flavor. YUM!

As we speak, my dough is chilling and I will have a double batch of cookies ready for Friday along with some awesome Main Street Authors on my Kindle.

Bring on the storm!






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5 Responses to Baby It’s Cold Outside…And Sugar Cookies

  1. Jill James says:

    Bella, I bet those cookies are crispy and yummy! We make butter cookies here. An old family recipe. Happy Holidays!


  2. Mona Risk says:

    Hi Bella, a box set on A kindle is a must in case of emergency. I’ll remember that for the next hurricane.


  3. Carol says:

    Sugar cookies are one of our favorites. Wonderful recipe. A Kindle and a few boxed sets will tide you over! Stay warm.


  4. E. Ayers says:

    Yummy! There’s nothing like a good sugar cookie. And you know how there’s always those bits and pieces leftover? I just squish them together, roll them out, decorate with lots of colored sugar, and slice them into small squares. They are the last ones baked and the first ones eaten – well, other than the ones that MUST be tasted from each baked batch. (We must be absolutely certain that each batch is baked to perfection!)

    I am such a cookie monster. It’s my weakness…along with fudge, brownies, delicious cakes, saltwater taffy, peanut brittle, candied fruit, candy corn, anything with chocolate… Like Pavlov’s dogs I’m salivating! I’ll try to pretend my slice of white cheddar is a bell-shaped cookie with lots of sprinkles.


  5. susanrhughes says:

    Anything that starts with 3/4 cup of butter can’t be bad.


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