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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Celebration - Day One and a Giveaway!

Good morning Prim Pals
Welcome to my annual

Twelve Days of Christmas Celebration!

I'm so glad you took the time out of your busy day to visit.

It snowed here last night, and as the big, fluffy flakes were falling, I began to think back on all the Christmas celebrations I have held so far here on my blog.  I reflected on all that has occurred in my life since I started sharing with you all....our children's weddings, moving to our dream home, the birth of our precious grandchildren, the stresses and yet the good times of having our oldest son's family live with us for a year, Chris' battle with cancer...we are so blessed despite all the hardships.  
I hope that, throughout this holiday season, you too have time to reflect on your blessings, however big or small.  These are the things that really matter...not the presents, not the baking, not the crowds or the big Christmas dinner.  

I encourage you to go to my Home page...at the top you will find Tabs to all of my past Twelve Days of Christmas (TDC) posts, full of wonderful recipes and Christmas tutorials.

I had hoped to have the post ready for you early this morning, but just as I was about to finish it up late last night, my internet went down and I lost everything. So, without further ado.....

This morning I will share with you some 
QUICK AND EASY cookies.  They are not only easy, but they are oooh so good...and...I have to warn you....they are addictive too...I bet you can't eat just one!

Jam Shortbread Cookies

for the dough:

3/4 c butter, softened (no substitutes)
2/3 c sugar
1 egg
2 c flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt (can be omitted if you wish)
1/2 c jam of your choice 
(I love to use my homemade blackberry, but raspberry, peach, blueberry, strawberry will do too - try a couple different kinds with each batch for a festive look)

for the glaze:

1 1/2 c powdered sugar
2 to 3 T milk
1/2 t vanilla OR almond extract

In large bowel cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg and extract.
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.
Now, turn down your mixer and gradually add the flour to the butter and sugar.  Make sure to turn your mixer down or you'll look like Santa before you are through, when the flour poofs all over!
Mix well.  The mixture will be thick and crumbly.
With your hands, push dough together and then divide the dough into four equal portions.  Shape and roll each portion into a log, about 12" long by 1" wide.
Place about 4" apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Parchment paper makes clean up a snap.

With your index finger, press a 'trench' into the top of each cookie log.  Make it about 1/2" wide and 1/4" deep.  You want to make it deep and wide enough for the jam to sit in.
Spoon your jam into the 'trench' on each cookie.  Don't overfill or the jam will ooze over the cookie, and although still tasty, they just aren't as pretty when that happens.

Bake your cookies at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool for a few minutes and then cut them diagonally into 3/4" slices.  Cool completely and then drizzle lightly with the glaze.  You don't want too much glaze...just enough to make it pretty.  I was in a hurry and forgot to cut mine before I glazed them, but they turned out just fine.

 Our neighbors love these festive cookie tucked into their gift baskets.  It looks like you spent a lot of time on them, but they are so very easy, you can whip up a batch in no time.


I'll see you back here tomorrow for a fun Christmas tutorial!

Oh dear, I almost forgot to mention....

I will be having a little festive giveaway for those of you who come back every day and make a comment on each day's post.
 I will be asking a little Christmas question at the end of each day's post...simply jot me a comment with your answer, and you will be entered in the giveaway. 
Now, I bet you are wondering what I am giving away, but gee....isn't it more fun to be surprised????
Today's Christmas question is....

What is your favorite Christmas cookie?


  1. I guess I'm a die hard traditionalist, my favorite is shortbread ")
    Thank you for the recipes*

  2. Morning Wendy, what fun, love reading about your older Christmas pasts too..... I love ShortBread cookies, my mother used to make the most delish melt in your mouth goodness Shortbread. See you tomorrow, Hugs Francine.

  3. I have been so looking forward to your Christmas posts Wendy. Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe. Looks yummy! My favorite Christmas and anytime cookie is a plain old fashion tea cake. I have such fond memories of my grandmother making these and cutting them out with a small drinking glass. Have a great day.

  4. Any that is still warm, fresh from the oven : )

  5. It sounds like you have had a rough year, and hopefully the new year will bring health and many more blessings. I am not a big cookie eater but when I did eat them, I loved my grandmother's molasses crinkles.


  6. My favorite cookie is butter spritz cookies..love the different shapes!

  7. Merry Christmas Wendy! Thank you so much for sharing your generous 12 Days of Christmas Celebrations with us yet again, love all the wonderful recipes and tutorials you share! My favourite Christmas cookie is a whipped shortbread that my Mom makes called Midnight Shortbread. It's a wee puff of shortbread that melts in your mouth, delicious! Thanks for your jam shortbread recipe, will have to give these a try. I'm also having a Christmas giveaway on my blog, Twelve Days Of Christmas Tags, so come on over to get some free printable gift tags if you have a minute :O)

  8. Grandma's sugar cookies. Such fond memories attached and so simple but good.she habd the old vintage cutters. My favorite was the reindeer. Warm Blessings! Amy

  9. Yummy!
    I have lots of jam to try with these.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Woolie Christmas Blessings

  10. Yummy cookies! i know one would never be enough!

  11. Those cookies look yummy! We're definitely going to have to try making those this year. Thanks for the recipe! :0)

  12. Oh, I love gingerbread cookies so much :)

  13. This is such fun, Wendy! My hubby like Snickerdoodles for the holidays! Hugs, Diane

  14. Hi Wendy! I have so enjoyed your 12 days of Christmas and the rest of your blog posts for a few years now. You probably don't remember this but you were my first swap partner and I loved the things you made for me!
    My favorite cookie is my mom's almond cookies.
    Be blessed,

  15. My favorite is chocolate snowballs. I am excited to try your recipe with my homemade apple pie jam.

  16. Please enter me in your fab giveaway, and I love this recipe.

    My favorite Christmas cookie is Pecan Balls

    Joyce (Prudence's Mom) (o:

  17. My childhood friends mother's sugar cookies. They are soft and have nutmeg in them and are sooo much better than a regular sugar cookie. I wish I had one right now. : )

  18. Those cookies look very yummy. My favorite cookie is shortbread. Must be my Scottish blood. ha ha .

  19. Hi Wendy,
    Love this fun time of year and your fun posts! I guess since I have eaten half a batch of shortbread cookies with lemon curd I could say they are my favorite....but my gram use to make the most amazing raisin bar cookies for the holidays. I guess those would have to be my favorite!

  20. Hello,it is a Shortbread recipe, very similar to yours>so good with a hot drink! Blessings, Linda


  21. Hi Wendy, thanks for sharing this yummy recipe, I have to try these cookies. My favorite cookies are snowballs, some people call them mexican wedding cookies. hugs, Lecia

  22. Oops, I didn't answer the question! My favorite are gingerbread men!

  23. Sugar cookies hands down! It must be that artistic streak in me that relishes frosting and trimming and embellishing each one. We were always careful to decorate every cutout with an equal amount of "fancy dressing". With five kids and lots of icing, sprinkles and crushed candy canes it might have been partially the hilarious mess and enjoyment that I relished. I really would like one now with my morning coffee!

  24. For some reason, Mexican Wedding Balls always get made at my house - maybe they remind me of snowballs? Anyway, they're yummy!

  25. Our favorite is the snicker doodle. My husband's second favorite are shortbread so thanks for the recipe. Hope the new year brings you an abundance of health and happiness.

  26. Oh my, If I have to choose... I guess it would be meltaways. Little balls that melt in your mouth that are rolled in powder sugar. Yummy.
    Thanks for having a giveaway at this busy time of year! Blessings to you!

  27. My favorite Christmas cookie is spritz.

  28. Spritz, butterballs, and sandtarts... My grandmom used to make them. And they remind me of her. Warm hugs, friend!

  29. Sugar cookies, for sure!



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