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Cookies versus Sanity

Monday, February 13, 2006

We made cookies, at the expense of my sanity. I am counting down the minutes until Mr.C comes home so I can have a bath and de-stress myself. Honestly, being at home with young children and babies is the most difficult thing in the world. And on the topic of Valentine's Day, it is over-rated, really, single friends, it is, so you are not really missing out on anything other than a great sales day for the Hallmark people. (but it is a good excuse for fancy baking :) So here is my Valentine's gift to you: the recipe that is adored by generations.....

Aunt Mary's Sugar Cookies
(for all occasions, providing you have the right cookie cutter shapes :)
1 cup sugar
1 cup margarine
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tap nutmeg
Cream margarine and sugar. Add well beaten eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, salt and spices. Roll out (not too thin). Bake approximately 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. Do not bake too long; take them out before the edges start to brown. Once cooled, frost with butter frosting, which I do not use a recipe for, but simply blend about a half cup of butter or margarine, enough icing sugar for the amount you'll need and enough milk to mix it well (won't take much).

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Oh Cathy...those look amazing! How cute! Come on, you've been talking about Valentine's day for weeks, you must enjoy it ;) But I agree that it's just the easiest way for shops to make money. Anyway, enjoy it as you can :)

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  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Devil Mood;
    O.K., you're right...I love any excuse for themed crafts and cookies :)

  1. Blogger Alysa said:

    those cookies look so so good. even though I am protesting against valentines. I plan to wear all black and growl at people if they talk to me. Yes I'm a bah humbug. I hope you get to destress.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    It's ok to feel like a bah humbug, but we all know that you are too sweet inside for this.

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    I'd love to taste your cookies - they look just grrrrreat!

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    Cathy - where is the recipe?
    Are those butter cookies?
    They are so pretty!


  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I suppose I could mail a few to Germany if you sent me some spurillekuchen (SP??)...

    I am going to re-post it now with the recipe. They're worth it.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    You never need to thank me for stopping by (although thanks to you for the thanks:). Thank you for posting such interesting things and for writing so well!

  1. Blogger Berlinbound said:

    Thanks Cathy ... for stopping by ...

  1. Blogger missbhavens said:

    Yay! thanks for the recipe!

  1. Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said:

    Cathy, they look scrumptious. I'm gonna copy that recipe and make some .... yummy !!!! Thanks for sharing. Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    MissB & Meow;
    Let me know how they turn out!

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Always choose cookies over sanity :) Also, Valentine's Day has irrited me just as much, if not more when I've been happily coupled for the holiday. It just seems like going through the motions. Much better to just have a spontaneous romantic gesture on an ordinary day.

  1. Blogger Skye said:

    I'm gonna try this, although I don't like beating eggs, I just hate it when they crack and run. Sorry I'm getting hysterical, it seems like I'm not the only one who forgot about tomorrow! LOL!!

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    My cookies never turn out looking that pretty!!

    Hope you finally get to relax and maybe really enjoy one of those cookies.


  1. Blogger Mise en Place said:

    Those cookies look fabulous! I agree...I've been home for over seven years with mine and I admit it does get hairy at times. However, I wouldn't trade a single second of any of it, EVER!

    Go RELAX, then come back and have on of those cookies.

  1. Blogger Gurgo said:

    yam, yam!

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Ohh my, they look too good to eat! So pretty :) Wow, i think i'd hang them on the wall they look so cute!

  1. Blogger x said:

    Cathy may i link to your page from the Eat it Blog for today's recipe? I'm too lazy and these look fabulous.
    Happy Valentine's to those who actually believe in it and happy cookie eating to the rest of us. xx

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    I'm staying home with two sick boys today, it's not such fun... (Although their not worse than their keeping it up on the couch, watching a dvd...)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I agree completely. But it wouldn't hurt to treat yourself to a special dessert or yummy treat today, regardless...

    No hysterics while out there on the roads, you...

    You are too humble to say so, but I ebt your cookies look and taste deliciious!

    You are right; these moments are fleeting. I have to remind myselfd of this more often.

    Du kannst ein par nehmen...bitte...ich kann alle diese cookies nicht essen!

    Better hanging on the wall than to my thighs! :)

    Yes, you can link to it; I'm flattered! :)

    Sick children are never fun on any day. I hope they get well soon.

  1. Blogger christina said:

    OH YUM! I knew there was a reason your blog was calling my name today! :-)

    You know what? I have that *exact same* sugar cookie recipe - my mother and I have been using for years but in our house it's called "Ruth's Sugar Cookies". No idea who Ruth was, but we got the recipe from a really old Kiwanis cookbook from the 50's or 60's.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  1. Blogger Eric said:

    Oh, cookies...

    It seems stress produces remarkable baking results. ^_^

  1. Blogger fb said:

    MMmm...those look good!

    For some reason I am reminded of Cookie Monster...maybe cause I want to eats lots of cookies now...

  1. Blogger Lois Lane said:

    It might have been a lot of work and very stressful but look at those yummy cookies! He will remember how excited his friends were when he showed off the plate of cookies and he will remember you doing all of the hard work. Totally work it. :)
    Happy Valentines day!
    Lois Lane
    (I use cream cheese, vanilla, confectioners sugar and a splash of milk for my icing. Yummers.)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Ruth, Mary, tomatOE, tomAtoe...:) Quite the coincidence...we Canadians have good taste in sugar cookies!

    It's true...and clean houses. If it weren't for stress, I would live in a mess....(and never have good treats)

    Mmmmmm me like cookies. COOKIES!.....nam nam nam nammmmmmmm:)

    That's a great idea to add cream cheese to the icing; I will try that next time and thanks! :)

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    The cookies look great. I am going to steal that and make some myself.

    For some reason this talk of Cookie Monster has me thinking of my nieces....

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Let me know how the cookies turn out. Maybe you could send some to those neices!

  1. Blogger Maddy said:

    I made them. They are perfect
    - Well, the first batch I over-
    baked - the second are perfect-
    getting me through my essay-

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Happy Valentines Day Cathy.

    Cookies look d-lish! Hope your enjoying your day.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    I am so pleased that they turned out!

    I had a decent day. I hope you had a good one :)

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Best regards from NY! » »

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