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Dough Ornament Recipe

As kids, my sister and I would make dough ornaments and then paint them.  I LOVED that!  I think I still have a few hanging around for the Christmas tree (and it’s been a few years!! :)).  If you want something fun to do with the kids, try this recipe out.  They would make great home-made Christmas gifts too!  Here’s the recipe:

4 cups of flour

1 cup of salt

1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water

Directions:

Mix flour and salt.

Slowly add the water.

Roll out and use cookie cutters to make desired shapes.  Don’t forget to put a whole in the top if you want to hang on the tree!  A straw will work good to make the hole.

Bake at 325 for about 1 hour.

Take out and cool before decorating with glitter paint, glitter glue or whatever you want to make them pretty!!

Ps.  They look like real edible cookies!  Let the kids know they would taste awful!!!  🙂

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Cut- Out Cookies

Now that Thanksgiving, my daughter’s Nutcracker AND Black Friday shopping are over I thought it’s time to think Christmas cookies!   I thought I would start posting some of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes.  The first one is for cut-out cookies.  Here’s the recipe:

1 cup butter (2 sticks at room temperature)

1 1/2 cups of confectioner sugar

Mix and cream together

Add in:

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp almond extract

2 3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

Mix all together well.  If dough seems crumbly, add a couple of drops of water.

Flour your hands and then mix dough with hands

Chill the dough at least 1 hour

Roll the dough about 1/8 inch thick

Cut out and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes

Cool before decorating

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Rosemary Focaccia

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I made my Crock Pot Lasagna yesterday and the house smelled very good! I tossed a salad and made up a batch of Rosemary Focaccia. Didn’t I make dinner sound easy? Actually, it wasn’t hard at all! I had already made my meat sauce for the lasagna and only needed to thaw it out before it was time to throw it together. I mixed together the cheese ingredients and then layered them together in my crock pot. Quite simple and easy! My daughter took a cooking class over the summer and made this bread that was absolutely delicious! Luckily the teacher gave the recipe out and I got it.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
1- 3/4 cup water, warm
1 package yeast, active, dry, 2- 1/4 tsp
1 tbsp sugar
5 cups flour
1 tbsp kosher salt, kosher
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp rosemary
1 cup olive oil, divided

Notes / Directions
Combine the warm water , yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Put the bowl in a warm, not hot or cool, place until the yeast is bubbling and aromatic, at least 15 minutes.

In the bowl combine the flour, 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, 1/2 cup of olive oil and the yeast mixture on low speed. Once the dough has come together continue to knead for 5-6 minutes until it becomes smooth and soft. Give it a sprinkle of flour if the dough is really sticky and tacky.

Transfer the dough to a clean, lightly floured surface, then knead it by hand 1 or 2 times. Again, give it another sprinkle of flour if the dough is really sticky and tacky.

Coat the inside of the mixer bowl lightly with olive oil and return the dough to the bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, at least one hour.

Coat a jelly roll pan with the remaking 1/2 cup olive oil.

Put the dough onto the jelly roll pan and begin pressing it out to fit the size of the pan. Turn the dough over to coat the other side with olive oil. Continue to stretch the dough to fit the pan. As you are doing so, spread your fingers out and make wholes all the way through the dough.

Put the dough in the warm place until it has doubled in size, about one hour. While the dough is rising a second time, preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Enjoy!!

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