How many times have you gone into the kitchen with good intentions on cooking something special? Did you follow a recipe and have a brain freeze on measurements? It has certainly happened to ME many times and I have to stop and pause and think for a few minutes till the math comes back to me. Well now you don’t! Someone posted a cheat sheet on common kitchen measurements! Tape it to the inside of your cabinet so you can look at it when you need it. I am passing it on to YOU along with my favorite holiday butter cookie recipe. I usually double the recipe because these cookies don’t last long!
KATHY’S BUTTER COOKIE DOUGH recipe
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 0z. cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
In a large bowl beat butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, salt, and baking powder. Mix in flour until dough just holds together. Form into a ball, wrap, and chill at least one hour.
Heat oven to 350*. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4″. Cut out shapes with any cookie cutters you want to use. Continue shaping left over dough into balls and rolling it until it is all gone. Place on greased baking sheets and bake 15 to 18 minutes until lightly browned on edges. Remove to wire rack and cool completely. Use your imagination and decorate with icing and candies before eating!
COOKIE ICING PAINTS recipe
Beat 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar, 1 Tbs. powdered egg whites, 2 Tbs. water until blended. Divide into small bowls and add desired colors.