Sunday, December 1, 2013

Little Dream White Tulip and My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe by Floral Artist Nancy Medina


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Dream a Little Dream Tulip
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas


The studio easel has earned its weight in cookies today, assisting with a large tulip painting, a commissioned hydrangea still life, and a pink poppy triptych this evening. It's been a regular flower factory around here! I'm washing the brushes early and starting on a batch of my favorite Christmas cookies. I make these every year for my neighbors and for my husband's coworkers. It's important to sample at least three to four cookies from each batch prepared prior to gifting, for quality assurance purposes. I hold these cookies solely responsible for the 5 to 10 pounds I gain every single holiday. Taken from Betty Crocker, here's the recipe for these super simple, super yummy cookies. Thanks Betty! Enjoy!




Pansies and teacakes in my breakfast nook this morning!


Russian Teacakes

Ingredients

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 1/2 cups finely chopped nuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Bag Powdered sugar
  • Heat oven to 400ºF. 
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  • Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts and salt until dough holds together.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly on wire rack.
  • Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. Roll in powdered sugar again.
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