Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop 2019

Our Texas Christmas Tree 2019.
Two Christmas Trees is now a family tradition for us.
Mr Scrapatch and I visit our daughter for Thanksgiving 
and she sets up her Christmas Tree so we can then celebrate 
"Grammy - Grampy Christmas" with our grand-darling.
Gathering and decorating The Tree 
is my favorite Christmas Tradition.
So two trees is even better than one.

Cookie baking is another one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
Usually I start early in December and make plates of cookies
for gifting. 

Here is a recipe card I have had in one of my old file boxes for many years.
Update:  There is an error in this recipe card.
The correct amount of unsalted butter is
 3/4 cup or 1 and 1/2 sticks 

I will have to fix my recipe card when I get home.
I have no idea why I never saw this error
except that I knew how much to add and never really read the card.

I have no idea where I originally found this recipe
as I have made them for over fifty years.
It was a favorite of mine when I was a teenager. 

Here is the back of my recipe card.
I have enjoyed many variations of flavors over the years.

I recall raspberry jam with no seeds and a chocolate-mocha drizzle
was my favorite in my 20's.

I also love peach jam with a sprinkling of nutmeg
for Fall Cookies.

It is essentially the same recipe found online here ... 

from their

which has 18 traditional New England Cookie recipes to enjoy. 

For  more New England traditions and recipes

I hope you enjoy making this recipe your own.
Since I will be visiting my daughter and grand-darling in Texas when this publishes, I had thoughts of a cookie baking in Texas photo,
but we have been busy enjoying other things.
I hope to update with a yummy cookie party picture
in the next few days.

We will be baking special cookies this year to send
to our soldier who is far away from us this Christmas.

Please visit all the yummy recipes from my blogging friends today:

December 4th
Life in the Scrapatch (you are here)

Thank you to 
for hosting this yummy tradition.

This is our favorite holiday cookies recipe ...

which I shared in the
Virtual Cookie Exchange 2017

Iced Spritz Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup white vegetable shortening
1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
(dash of salt, optonal)

Cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
Beat in sugar slowly in small additions.
About 5 minutes.
Add vanilla.
Beat in eggs.
Add baking powder to flour and mix into wet ingredients in three additions.
Batter will be very stiff.
If batter is not stiff, add a little more flour a little at a time
until batter is stiff and not sticky.

Fill your cookie press as directed by manufacturer and press.

You may roll the batter in small balls and flatten slightly if you do not have a cookie press.

If you refrigerate the batter until cold, you may also roll and cut with cookie cutters.

Bake spritz cookie at 375 degree for 10 - 12 minutes,
just until set,
not brown.
Do Not Overbake.

Makes about 11 dozen small cookies.


4 cups 10x confectionery sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
milk as needed to make a thin icing
food coloring as desired

I will be baking a few batches of these soon.

Have a tasty and happy Cookie Day!


Cynthia's Creating Ark said...

It must be a favourite for you to have it that long and continue to make that. I look forward to trying your recipe.

Carol said...

These cookies look awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Stitchin At Home said...

I have made something similar to these and agrree they are delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Dorian said...

Those cookies look interesting Pat. I hope you find some time to bake with the girls and enjoy all the preholiday cheer. Thanks for sharing, Merry Christmas :)

Lisa J. said...

I love jam cookies. Any cookie with jam in it is my favourite. Thanks for sharing links to the recipe's. Have a great time over the Holidays.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Wishing you a wonderful holiday! Grandbabes are the best!

Calicojoan said...

What a beautiful tree. Family and special recipes make the holidays so special.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season

Carol S. said...

Oh my gosh, those raspberry ones look and sound delicious! Enjoy your holiday with family and thanks for joining in the hop, Pat! xo

Karrin Hurd said...

Thanks so much for the cookie recipes. They look delicious! said...

The jam cookies look awesome. Enjoy your visit with the family.

tink's mom said...

both recipes, especially the raspberry look wonderful.

Glapha Cox said...

We have a similar recipe in the original Betty Crocker cookbook. It is very good.

Kim said...

Two great looking recipes - thank you!

Denise :) said...

Your jam cookies look A-MAZ-ING! But I have to ask ... is it 1 1/2 cups or 1 1/2 sticks of butter?!? LOL! Your spritz cookies are gorgeous -- I love spritz, but have never iced them before! I will have to give that a try this year!! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Danice G said...

Both recipes do look wonderful. Of course I love the green tree cookies as green is my favorite color. Your fireplace and tree are awesome looking.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your cookie recipes look so yummy, Pat! Spritz have always been one of my favorite cookies - but I think my sister got the spritz maker when we split up my mom's baking things. Maybe she will make me some! I love your tradition of Christmas at Thanksgiving with your granddarling! Such a good idea!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Pat! I know you are having fun, fun, fun with your grand-darling. Thank you for the yummy cookie recipe. I will give them a try - I always like to try new recipes. All your different suggestions sound better than the next. Merry Christmas to you and your family. ~smile~ Roseanne

LJ said...

Ooooh, you made two wonderfully delicious cookies. The Raspberry tarty ones make my mouth water. Thanks for making virtual cookies such fun!

Beatrice said...

The cookies with jam look really good, I'll have to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

These cookies all look amazing. I am definitely in for the jam cookies. The picture makes my mouth water to just look at them. Thank you, Pat.

Melva said...

I hope that you have enjoyed your time in TX with the grand! Thanks for the jammies recipe.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Thanks so much for sharing your recipes! The Iced Spritz Cookies sound awesome!

CathieJ said...

Thanks for those recipes. Those jam cookies look delicious. I love the idea of two trees. I certainly have enough ornaments to fill two trees.

Theresa said...

Jam cookies look so good and I really love spritz cookies. I'm so bad at making them. My shapes look more like blobs but taste really good regardless. lol

Charlene McCain said...

Thank you for these recipes. The jam cookies look yummy, but the Spritz cookies caught my eye. I have wanted to make Spritz cookies for gifts this year, but was afraid they were a little too plain. Your iced Spritz cookies look delicious and festive. Thank you for the recipe and inspiration.