Snow Again (!) and a Super Bowl Tradition

Monday, February 08, 2010

Surprise! We woke up this morning to four inches of snow on the ground, and work is closed for today. Wow, don't mind if I do.

Our courtyard in the early morning hour:


[summertime courtyard here]

Inches!


Okay, so obviously the Saints won last night. Diehard or not, how can you not be happy for the Saints and the city of New Orleans? Duh.

Our first year married, we had a Super Bowl party with our small group from church (which Mandi and I have continued putting together every year).

That first year, I made some sugar cookies with orange and blue frosting (is it possible the Bears and the Colts played that year?), and our pal Clay loved them.

Thus, I started the tradition of making team-colored-frosted sugar cookies every year. Here's my attempt at Saints-gold icing, along with Colts blue (way easier). Getting gold icing was pretty tough, and ended up looking more like Grey Poupon.

(this "gold" was three drops of yellow + one drop red + one drop blue food coloring)


hee hee.

A while ago, I found this sugar crinkles recipe in (wedding gift) Southern Living Cookies book, recipe here. It's very dependable, and if you do the step of rolling them in sugar, they're delightful sans frosting (but really, who doesn't prefer them frosted?).

Sugar Crinkles
Southern Living
Yield: about 5 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

* 1 cup shortening
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 2 large eggs
* 1 teaspoon lemon extract (I used almond)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 cup sugar

Preparation

Beat shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar at medium speed of an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and flavorings, beating until blended.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to shortening mixture, beating well. Cover and chill dough. (I rolled mine into a log in waxed paper to chill, and then sliced them off of that into discs.)

Shape dough into 1" balls. Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. (Didn't do those two steps 'cause I sliced 'em.) Place balls on ungreased/(parchment-lined) cookie sheets.

Bake at 350° for 6-7 minutes or until barely golden. Let cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

I really like this cookie's texture, and used my trusty buttercream frosting.

Leslie's No-Fail Buttercream Frosting


1 stick butter, softened
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
half a bag of powdered sugar (4-ish cups)

whip it good, until it's all good and fluffy. add the sugar gradually, until it's the texture you like, nice 'n thick for me. add the coloring however you like.

Also made these Tortilla Rolls, via my friend Nishta's lovely blog Blue Jean Gourmet.


[photo by Sonya Cueller]

I can never get these little rolls to look as pretty as this, btw. But they still taste goooooood. I used slivered almonds instead of pecans, too. Yummmmmm.

(Don't worry, I didn't go crazy last night and get too sidetracked on the ole Diet. I'm still on track. Despite eating one cookie.)

Happy Snow Day, mes amis!

5 comments:

  1. Oh man, those cookies. So good! They paired nicely with my cappuccino this morning on the way to work!

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  2. Yummy! T took them all to work so I wasn't tempted to eat them all today while I'm home!!

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  3. it was hard not for me to get sidetracked yesterday myself, with our big ole spread!

    I'm so thrilled you tried the tortilla rolls--usually I can't convince people they actually taste delicious because the ingredient list seems too weird to them :) but they have been a Superbowl tradition since I was little, little!

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  4. Yum! I'll have to try those cookies. I have that cookbook too. It's one of my faves. I often give it as a wedding gift. Wonder if I gave it to you? I can't remember. Anywho, thanks for posting the recipe. Anything that you approve of and will bake has to be good! :)

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  5. Carrie you DID give us that book for a wedding gift! Thank you! This is one of my favorite things I've made from it so far!

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