Hello SaltTree readers! I’m Barb from Keeping up with the times — a blog about Photography, Homemaking, and Life. I’m very happy to be a part of the Christmas Cavalcade and a big thank you to Amber for having me. Today my post is about something I really love… food!
I just love.love.love. refrigerator cookies at Christmas time. Such convenience! Whip up a batch of dough, roll into logs, wrap in parchment paper. You can store the logs in the fridge for a day or two or freeze for a month. Take them out any old time and you can have fresh baked cookies in an instant!
They also make an awesome little hostess gift if you wrap them up in a cellophane bag and add a pretty Christmas topper with a tag.
After countless years of using an old family recipe, I decided to try something new. I couldn’t have been happier with the results. They are buttery, light, and tender with a bit of chewy goodness from the cherries. They are also prettier!! And we all know it’s all about how it looks, right? OK, maybe not, but it’s nice.
I like to bake these cookies just before guests arrive so that the buttery sweet smell fills the house and makes me feel like Mrs. Claus herself…
PREP 20 MIN | TOTAL 1 HOUR
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 2/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup very finely chopped red and green glace cherries
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
CREAM butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
SIFT together dry ingredients. Add to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix well. Fold in the cherries and almonds.
DIVIDE the dough into thirds, place each on a separate piece of wax or parchment paper. Shape into 7″ rectangular logs. Wrap the paper around each one and chill for several hours.
SLICE the logs into 1/4″ slices and bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Watch closely–you don’t want to brown the bottoms too much.
*The uncooked logs can be frozen for one month. When you want to make cookies, remove logs from freezer and let sit for a few minutes to warm up before slicing.
*Adapted from The Joy of Baking
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Happy Holidays to everyone!