Friday, December 24, 2010

Day 1: 12 Days of Cookies Countdown

Keeping things simple today: Day 1 I am bringing you Raspberry Poinsettia Cookies.

I have a love-hate relationship with these cookies. If they turn out right, they rock, other wise they can be a little bit of a frustration. Sometimes they turn out and sometimes they don't, it totally depends! But, I still felt inspired to make them none-the-less! So, that must mean something right?

~Raspberry Poinsettia Cookies~
3/4 c. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 box 8-serving* raspberry flavored gelatin
1 lg. egg
2 c. flour

In a lg. bowl, beat butter, sugar, almond, gelatin, and egg until combined. Beat in flour slowly until combined. Shape dough into 1 1/4 in. balls and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the balls 2 in. apart on the baking sheet. With a sharp knife make 5 cuts in the top of each ball, about 3/4 of the way through to make 6 wedges. Spread the wedges apart slightly. (Cookies will separate and flatten as they bake) Bake for 9-11 min. or until set. Cool 2-3 min. then remove from cookie sheet to a rack to cool. 
To frost, mix powdered sugar, milk, and almond flavoring to desire constancy. Add yellow food coloring to frosting. Place in a ziplock bag and snip the end off. Pipe 3 little dots into the middle of each cookie. Let harden.

What the pre-baked balls should look like....

Again, these cookies are interesting, sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. But, at least they taste good even if they don't look good!

Which makes me think about the history of the poinsettia plant itself. Do you know about the plant? Well, it originated in Mexico. At the time, the plants leaves were a shade of green a majority of the year, and the plant was commonly used to line Jesus' manger in Nativity scenes, and when it got closer to Christmas eve, the leaves would suddenly turn a bright red! This is why in Mexico and in other areas it is known as "Flor de la Noche Buena" or Flower of Christmas Eve.

All I can say is that there were higher powers in guiding me to make these cookies on Christmas Eve night....even if a majority of them did not turn out...

A Child is Born...



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