Holiday Baking 2

Nothing screams “The Holidays” like a kitchen exuding the smells of sweets being baked. The aromas of cinnamon and sugar are bound to wake up your family’s senses, summoning them to your sanctuary, simply to bother you for a cookie before the festivities have even begun.  The only way to put this Holiday baking fiasco to rest is to get the family involved in said Holiday baking. Whether your kids are young or old, new traditions can always be born. Here are a few recipes that you can make with the whole family that are bound to be a hit.

Killarney Bread

(Makes 2 loaves)

Ingredients

1 cup margarine

1 cup sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

16 oz sour cream

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture

½ cup sugar

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream the butter and one cup of sugar.   Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined, stir in the sour cream.  Add the dry ingredients to the mixture. In a separate bowl mix together the ½ cup of sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Pour half of the batter into two loaf pans, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top of the batter.  Add the remaining batter to the loaf pans and finish off by sprinkling on the rest of the cinnamon and sugar mixture to the tops.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Cut-Out Cookies

Ingredients

6 tablespoons soft unsalted butter

1/2 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream the butter and sugar together and beat in the egg and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and eggs, and mix. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Roll cooled dough onto a flowered surface into a 1/4 inch thickness and cut into shapes.  If desired sprinkle with colored sugar before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 12 minutes. Decorate.