Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Inspiration | Cozyland

by Leslie Patson | 14th December 2013

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Simplicity can be beautiful, of course it doesn’t hurt to have as stunning a front door as this! And don’t forget a door wreath can be as simple as a clump of rosemary or pine tied with a ribbon – take a look outside and see what’s waiting to be festooned!

On an equally beautiful note, below Williams Sonoma’s version of Mexican Wedding cookies – my favorite Christmas cookies – also knowns Russian Tea cakes, in Austria kipferln and in Greece Kourabiedes (the name on the recipe I was handed down from my relatives in Norristown, PA).

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Mexican Wedding Cookies

16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. salt

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup ground blanched almonds

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter on high speed until fluffy and pale yellow. Add 1/2 cup of the confectioners’ sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy. Reduce the speed to low, add the vanilla and salt, and beat until blended.

Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat on low speed or stir with a wooden spoon just until blended. Stir in the almonds. Cover and refrigerate until the dough is chilled but not hard and is no longer sticky to the touch, about 15 minutes.

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Sift the remaining 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar into a shallow bowl.

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on 2 ungreased baking sheets.

Bake until the cookies are just golden on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let cool for 5 minutes, then remove the cookies one at a time and roll them in the confectioners’ sugar. Let the cookies cool completely on wire racks. Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Cookies, by Marie Simmons

Don’t have time to bake cookies? Screw it – that’s what bakeries for right!!! Seriously, let’s not forget that

even though the clock is ticking it’s most important to take some time off from holiday madness for some lovely R&R a.k.a Coziness – happy weekend everyone!

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