December 08, 2008

Grandma's sugar cookies gone flaky, snowflakey that is!


Well, I must say that SNOW is a definite present in our lives at this time. Believe it or not, I'm not feeling all that "Christmasy" here - even with all the snow and with all the cookie baking. Probably in part because I'm not really decorating. My reasons? #1 - Rudy. He'd have every ornament I put on the tree on the floor, slapping it around. #2 - I'm leaving Christmas night for the airport to fly to my brother's in Indiana to visit his family for 4 nights. This will be the first Christmas ever I have not put up a tree. Hopefully next year I can do it and have a real one again. Finally!


I remember as a young girl we would go to my paternal grandparents every Christmas Eve. Mom always took a cheese ball (and I WILL post about that one this week also since I am making it for our work Christmas party!) and there were always all kinds of goodies there to eat.

All of the kids for a while would go outside in the snow and have a blast throwing snowballs and knocking each other on the ground. Once peaceful moment I remember one year was waiting outside on our side deck for my parents to get ready to leave to go to my grandparents. It was snowing and it was beautiful. The flakes were so big and fluffy and I remember actually sticking my tounge out to catch some. ;0)


Its amazing that something that can be so treacherous to drive in can be so beautiful at the same time. Just like these cookies. Treacherous because they can be so addicting but beautiful when time is taken to decorate them!

I'm hoping by getting back to work this afternoon (I've been out since last Friday) and seeing the tree there, and by having our work Christmas party this Friday I will have a little of that "Christmas feeling."

This week we have Ulrike of Küchenlatein to thank for chosing Grandma’s All-Occasion Sugar Cookies on pages 146-147. You can visit her site for the recipe. To view what the other TWD participants did this week, please check out our blogroll.

99 comments:

  1. Your cookies look so beautiful, that I think I'm going to make some too.
    Have a nice holiday.

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  2. Your snow flake cookies would make a beautiful addition to your cookie plate for the holidays. As kids we always made sugar cookies with my mom as do my daughter and I. This year we are making them for her boyfriend. I had wanted a snowflake design so these are perfect!!

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  3. Your snowflake cookies are beautiful! Thanks for sending the link through Food Buzz.

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  4. Gorgeous cookies! I wish I took the time to decorate them, but I have been so crazy busy lately!

    I love your story, too! Snow is so beautiful!

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  5. Love the snowflakes and the memories!

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  6. Beautiful Cookies! I am sure you will be in the Christmas mood very soon. Hope your MIL is doing well. I have been gone four days and have missed so much here. I will go back and read the posts I missed!

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  7. Those are really pretty-- what kind of frosting tip did you use to decorate them ?

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  8. Thanks for the compliments! I'm so proud of these (first time I've EVER decorated this way!)

    Evie - I didn't use a tip - I bought the Wilton decorating bags and they are AWESOME!

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  9. Oh gosh, these are gorgeous! I LOVE the little silver balls. I swear every time I see them on something it makes me happy, like, instantly. :D

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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  10. Those snowflakes are just beautiful. I love the colors and they're so festive and pretty. They look almost too pretty to eat but I'm sure that they tasted incredible as well!

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  11. So beautiful! I love the colors that you used too :)

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  12. Your cookies are gorgeous! Such a great color combination.

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  13. Those look so pretty! I'd love to have one for breakfast :)

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  14. Wow. Those are gorgeous! And I really like your new snowflake plate.

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  15. I love these cookies! They are gorgeous!

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  16. Awesome job, as always! :)

    ~Jen (of CreativeConfectioneryBlog.com :))

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  17. They are almost too pretty to eat...almost.

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  18. Simply beautiful Shelby!

    Jam

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  19. Shelby, Shelby, Shelby.... You are amazing!! Those are the prettiest sugar cookies i've ever seen!! Wow... I just can't get over how beautiful they are. Very well done!!!!!

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  20. Beautiful! i so love the fresh and crispy color combination.. btw, i did that thing with the catching snowflake on tongue thing as well!

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  21. What a beautiful job you did decorating those cookies!!!

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  22. gorgeous cookies--wow! i love the silver dragee accents:) i hope you enjoy your holiday party at work! i'm not having a tree at home either (leaving on the 20th) and it does change the level of holidayness around home...

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  23. Your cookies are gorgeous! Almost too beautiful to eat...ALMOST! Happy holidays :-)

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  24. They're gorgeous! You did an amazing job on them!

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  25. What a beautiful blog you have! And your photos are wonderful. Sugar cookies are a must have at Christmas. And yours are so lovely.

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  26. Wow! These are gorgeous. Nice work.

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  27. Those are beautiful! You did a great job decorating them.

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  28. These may be the prettiest cookies I've ever seen, with the piped details and silver balls!

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  29. These are absolutely adorable! Thank you for sharing them with us!

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  30. Your cookie recipes are amazing Shelby...you are an artist!! These look lovely and tasty - I could eat WAY too many.

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  31. Ok yours are the prettiesst I've seen all morning. I LOVE the blue and white colors you chose.

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  32. BEAUTIFUL!! Wow...love the detail! They look absolutely perfect :)

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  33. Those are some beautiful Tiffany blue snowflakes! Nice job.

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  34. What a beautiful cookies. Thanks for share this adorable treat

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  35. Hi HoneyB!

    Gorgeous cookies a real pleasure for they eyes..these snow shapes are fabulous!!
    I wonder what type of shape you'll do for summer…;)

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

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  36. Those are beautiful! What color food coloring / brand did you use for that gorgeous blue color?

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  37. The sugar cookies look so pretty! I love the color!!!!

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  38. Wow! I'm floored... really speechless!
    But with all those comments, you must know by now! LOL LOL
    They're simply AMAZING, HoneyB!

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  39. Oh they are just beautiful! So creative... I'm impressed!

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  40. wow! those are so intricate and beautiful. wonderful job!! :)

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  41. I love the blue and white design

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  42. I wish I had taken the time to create such beautiful cookies. They almost look too good to eat.......almost.

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  43. Great job, they look amazing

    Sue

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  44. Love your snowflake cookies! They look delicious, good job!

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  45. Wow fantastic ideas for my next lunch with my friends.

    Bye from Italy by
    Cakeitaly.com - A taste of Italian sweets

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  46. How cute. Did you use my icing tutorial? Yours turned out great! I love the blue and white color combo- those were my favorite from the snowflakes I made as well :)

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  47. Just saw your comment on my blog. I'm glad they turned out so great! If you look at the comments on my post people kept saying how hard it looked and that they could never decorate cookies like that - but it's so easy, right?! Yours look totally professional and people don't believe me. Maybe I need you to come write a testimonial for me! haha. Anyway, gorgeous snowflakes- enjoy eating them! Oh, and you're welcome to link that tutorial if you want. Happy Baking!

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  48. You did the most beautiful decorating job ever on these! Decorating sugar cookies is one of my favourite holiday activities!

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  49. These are beautiful. I love how smooth you got the icing. So sorry you are not feeling in the holiday spirit.

    You look so familiar to me....I know I've seen you somewhere before.

    Have a pleasant evening,
    Doreen

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  50. These are perfect! So gorgeous! Can somebody PLEASE tell me where to find those little silver balls!!!

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  51. Perfectly fluffly snowy cookies. The plate is absolutely the ideal accompaniment. Nice photos.
    Thanks for stopping by and I hope your trip to the Midwest is awesome....Christmas Trees, decorations and all. :-)
    AmyRuth

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  52. Those are gorgeous! I'd like to claim mine never look like that because I have toddlers but really I only decorate marginally better when there are no kids involved.

    We stopped traveling for xmas when we had kids, but before then traveled every year for about a decade plus. I know exactly what you are saying. It does not exactly put a damper on things but it makes it hard to make your house very Christmas-y. We never got a tree either.

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  53. Your cookies are absolutely beautiful. Just looking at them, I can feel the snow and winter weather. Bet they're great with a cup of tea!

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  54. These are the prettiest sugar cookies I've ever seen! I wish I had a dozen!

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  55. I love the color, it's so beautiful! These are exquisite!

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  56. These are absolutely beautiful! i wish those silver balls sprinkles were available here. too bad they're illegal in california (for who knows why?!)! :(

    -kim
    http://www.lovintheoven.com

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  57. These are absolutely stunning - I love them.

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  58. How incredibly beautiful! I want to learn how to decorate cookies like you.

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  59. Whew sounds like you will be busy! Cheese ball is so classic around our house and I hope you post your recipe! Beautiful cookies.

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  60. Your cookies are absolutely beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat.

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  61. These are the most beautifully decorated cookies I think I've ever seen. You should be proud.

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  62. What lovely cookies. I could never make anything so professional looking. I'm in awe. You spent a lot of time on those and it shows. Great job!

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  63. OH MY GOODNESS! Those are some gawgeous cookies! And I love the cake plate!

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  64. Your cookies are so beautiful! I'm very impressed!

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  65. I am soooo not believing this is your first time decorating a cookie. ;o) They're far too beautiful to be done by an amateur! They may be the prettiest cookies I have ever seen!

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  66. Woa!!! Those cookies are gorgeous!! You've got skills. I love the snowflake places and tablecloth too. Awesome!!

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  67. Those cookies look professional! Beautiful job with the frosting!

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  68. You did a marvelous job decorating your cookies!!! I love the colors!
    ~ingrid

    Btw, I was wondering if you would mind me adding you to my blogroll? Thx!

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  69. Lovely! And I can't wait for that cheese ball recipe. Seeing all these cookies everywhere makes me crave cheese. ;)

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  70. Even without a Christmas tree, these cookies should put you in the spirit. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  71. Sorry you are not in the holiday spirit :( the cookies still look beautiful!

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  72. Honey, these are some of the PRETTIEST cookies I have ever seen.

    Excellent! :)

    Have fun visiting your bro' and family. That will be such a special Christmas treat, I'm sure.

    xo~m.

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  73. Wow, those are the best sugar cookies I have ever seen. Show-off! ;)

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  74. Gorgeous cookies! Did you know the link you posted is in German? My husband will have to translate...

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  75. Love the pictures, so beautifully taken. And the cookies look so yummy and festive.

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  76. These are absolutely beautiful! Almost to nice looking to eat! Would you mind sharing your icing recipe?

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  77. Thank you EVERYONE for the wonderful compliments. It makes me feel so good! As I was decorating them I was thinking I was making a mess. lol.

    The MIL is still in the hospital. I guess she's going to be there a while. Thanks to those who are asking for thinking of her!

    The food coloring I used was Betty Crocker classic food gel!

    I used Sarah's tutorial on icing (http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/12/tutorial-glace-icing-and-cookie.html). Check her blog out - she has an awesome blog and I find I'm making quite a few things from there in the near future tonight being one of the nights I'm copycatting her ;)

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  78. I heard there were some beautiful cookies on your site and had to take a look. Beautiful colors - simple and elegant.

    I had fun decorating my cookies with food gel but everyone had blue teeth !!

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  79. Your cookies are stunning! Beautiful job! I love that plate too.

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  80. Your cookies are beautiful. I love the color that you used. Great job!

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  81. your cookies are absolutely divine! great job...

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  82. Your cookies are wonderful, so elegant

    Thanks for joining TWD and baking with me

    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

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  83. Shelby, your beautiful cookies inspired me to try and bake some of my own. :)
    http://mydiversekitchen.blogspot.com/2008/12/eggless-snowflake-or-star-cookies.html

    Thank you and best wishes for the festive season.

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  84. I baked yesterday and the cookies for once did not look like cake, but they still get the ugly award...yours however I pass on a beauty award!

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  85. It's all about the details... these cookies look incredible! What a painstaking decoration job! These cookies are meant to be framed and placed on exhibit and not eaten... Very very nice.

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  86. The frosting on these is just gorgeous. I love the silver balls! I bought a really cool snowflake cutter at the tree farm but I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Maybe tomorrow. :0)

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