Saturday, December 01, 2007

Cookie Mix

Listening to Christmas music is one of my favorite things. It is part of almost every other Christmas-related activity--wrapping presents, opening presents, making cookies and other 'goodies' or feast items, not to mention all the play music gets in car trips--back and forth all month long. But today I'm going to share some music and a recipe.

Let's play word association. Andy Williams = sugar cookies. I love my mom's sugar cookies. Love them. I'd eat them year round. But mom's diabetic. So the cookies only come once a year. But when they come, they are accompanied by Andy William Christmas CDs.

While mom's tradition is to listen to Andy Williams, I have traditions of my own as well. While I like Andy Williams, he's not "my favorite and best" soundtrack for making cookies. Therefore I present MY cookie playlist. The music will make you just as warm and cozy and happy as the cookies. :)

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies (1966)

3 1/2 c. sifted all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. soft butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. (Hint, mom leaves out the salt.) Beat butter or margarine, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in bowl until light and fluffy. add sifted dry ingredients gradually; blend thoroughly. Pinch off small piece of dough; roll between palms of hands into balls about 1 inch in diameter; place about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheets. Butter bottom of water tumbler; dip in sugar; press balls of dough down carefully until they are about 1/8 inch thick. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are golden. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Makes about 4 dozen.

(We always use cookie cutters so we ignore half the instructions. (This is probably why we never get the promised 4 dozen cookies.) The dough will need to be refrigerated or "chilled" at least an hour before you can roll it out. The recipe is from a book without a cover. It's a recipe book that's been well-loved and has a few sticky pages. So I don't know offhand which book it is.)

Becky's Cookie Mix

Medley: Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season by Andy Williams
The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
Here Comes Santa Claus by Bing Crosby
Home for the Holidays by Perry Como
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
Cool Yule by Louis Armstrong
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm by Dean Martin
Mistletoe and Holly by Frank Sinatra
Jingle Bells by Bing Crosby
Silver Bells by Dean Martin
Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Frank Sinatra
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! by Dean Martin
It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams
Deck the Halls by Nat King Cole
Winter Wonderland by Louis Armstrong
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby
The Christmas Waltz by Frank Sinatra
Baby, It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin
Christmas Time All Over the World Sammy Davis Jr.
The Merry Christmas Polka by Jim Reeves
Caroling, Caroling by Nat King Cole
O Christmas Tree by Vince Guaraldi
Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi
Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Vince Guaraldi
Welcome Christmas (reprise) The Whos is Whoville
One More Sleep Til Christmas by The Muppets
Believe by Josh Groban
The Magic of Christmas Day by Celine Dion

For more posts in the 2007 Advent Calendar:

2 December - Lisabea (Nose in a Book)
3 December - Marg (Reading Adventures) / Lady Tink (Up Close & Personal with LadyTink)
4 December - Valentina (Valentina's Room)
5 December - Melissa (Book Nut)
6 December - Laura (Musings)
7 December - Wendy (Caribousmom)
8 December - Nymeth (Things Mean A Lot)
9 December - Raidergirl (An Adventure in Reading), Chris (Stuff as Dreams are Made on)
10 December - Dewey (The Hidden Side of a Leaf)
11 December -Suey (It's All About Books)
12 December - Chris (Book-a-rama)
13 December - Jill (The Well-Read Child)
14 December - Robin (A Fondness for Reading)
15 December - Alyssa (By The Book)
16 December - Rachel (A Fair Substitute for Heaven)
17 December - Literary Feline (Musings of a Bookish Kitty)
18 December - Dev (Good Reads)
19 December - Callista (S.M.S. Book Reviews)
20 December - Tiny Little Librarian (Tiny Little Librarian)
21 December - Carla (Carla Nayland Historical Fiction)
22 December - Carolyn Jean (The Trillionth Page)
23 December - Booklogged (A Reader's Journal)
24 December - Kailana (The Written World) / Carl V. (Stainless Steel Droppings)


Melissa 9:53 AM  

Love your mix list! (I love Dean Martin's version of Baby it's Cold Outside...) And it's not Christmas without Charlie Brown, either. Is it?

Becky 9:55 AM  

No, it isn't! I love that special, I love that album. :)

Chris 10:43 AM  

I LOVE sugar cookies! Definitely trying these out!

raidergirl3 11:28 AM  

I can't believe it's December 1st already! Your cookie recipe is making me think I'll make sugar cookies with my daughters this snowy wintery day, with Christmas music as well. Thanks for the great suggestion.

Kakie 1:22 PM  

Hi Becky, Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Two holiday CD's worth checking out. John Trones This guy has an amazing voice and his holiday music - WOW. His sister was my real estate agent. If you go to his website and just wait, you can hear one of his new songs. He is also available on amazon.

It's snowing here, I love the snow around the holidays.

Warmest Regards,
Co-Author, Bur Bur and Friends Book Series

Marg 2:20 PM  

Thanks Becky! Making cookies together with the sounds of Christmas sounds like a perfect festive day! What a great start to the tour!

Em 5:02 PM  

Yum, now I'm hungry for cookies. I'll have to try the recipe out. Thanks! :)

valentina 6:11 PM  

oh yummi cookies!great start:)

Dewey 6:57 PM  

Oh! This is your advent calendar post! I haven't decided what mine will be yet. I have some ideas, though!

Dewey 6:58 PM  

Also! I wanted to ask if you have all these on a CD?

Becky 7:03 PM  

Yes, I own all the albums, but I did create this as a compilation CD about two years ago.

Literary Feline 7:32 PM  

What a great post, Becky! I love listening to Christmas music too this time of year. Drives my husband crazy, I'm sure.

Those cookies sure sound good--and so does the music!

Bookgirl's Nightstand 8:15 PM  

Hi Becky - Came over to check out the Blog Advent Tour! Those cookies look delicious. I'm drinking a yummy mocha right now and they would go so perfectly well with it :)

Chris 9:09 PM  

Mmmm...sugar cookies. I can smell them baking ;)

Wendy 10:52 PM  

Thanks for sharing, Becky!!! The cookies look very yummy :)

Suey 11:41 AM  

Great job starting out our blogging advent calendar! I love your list of songs and the cookies look great too!

Nymeth 5:59 PM  

Very nice post! I definitely want to try these cookies.

Like you, I absolutely love Christmas music. My calendar post will include music-related treats for sure. Merry Christmas, Becky!

Carl V. 8:03 PM  

Love your list of songs...the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack is truly the best!

And the sugar cookies sound delish! Merry first day of the Advent blogging calendar!

Stephanie,  7:50 AM  

Thank you for sharing your recipe. I just love the christmas season also!

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