Monday, September 14, 2015

Making Cookies with Old World Christmas

Whoever manages the Old World Christmas showroom must be have the most wonder imagination! Loved how this baking display showcased so many of their adorable food related ornaments.

Love this old (and it was genuine) cookbook for kids and the candy sprinkles)) 

This image shows an old crank handle egg beater…..then right beside it, a new fancy red mixer ornament. The Stand Mixer ornament was just introduced 2015 and will be available soon at Trendy Ornaments.

This cookie sheet is filled with the Assorted Spritz Cookie and the Sugar Cookie Assortment. 

The hang tag on the Spritz Cookie reads: The Spritz Cookie glass ornaments embody one of the most popular traditions of the holiday season – creating special treats! Baking delicious cookies in festive shapes started years ago and continues on today as a favorite holiday activity.
 The hang tag on the Sugar Cookie Assortment reads:  The Sugar Cookie ornament depicts one of the most anticipated traditions of the Christmas season – the baking of eating of sweets! Creating elaborate and whimsical holiday cookies decorated with frosting and candies started years ago and continues today as a favorite family activity.

I remember well trying to operate a cookie press in my younger days. It wasn’t easy! The cookie dough had to be just right, or you couldn’t push it through the press. I had much better luck making sugar cookies with cookie cutters))

I’ll have to share my old sugar cookie recipe at the end of the post))

Next we have a baking sheet full of Cinnamon Rolls! Goodness, you can almost smell them….maybe they had some cinnamon sticks planted around this display somewhere)))

The Cinnamon Roll ornament is 32167 and was introduced in 2012. It’s hang tag reads:  The Cinnamon Roll originated in Sweden, where October 4th is known as National Cinnamon Bun Day.  Today these sweet, spicy, gooey treats are enjoyed all around the world.  Whether served at breakfast, tea time, or for a coffee break, the Cinnamon Roll is a favorite worldwide. 

The pan above contains Assorted Chocolate Cupcakes. They come with pink or white frosting with candy sprinkles on top. Isn’t that frosting realistic! Here’s an image of the whole cupcake so you can see the bottom.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie is one of my favorite ornaments. It’s number is 32143 and it was introduced in 2010. The hang tag reads: The Chocolate Chip Cookie was accidentally invented in 1930 by Ruth Wakefield in Massachusetts. She was trying to make an all chocolate cookie, but the pieces of chopped chocolate she added did not melt into the dough – the Chocolate Chip cookie was born! Today it is the most popular cookie in the U. S. with over 7 billion eaten annually!

The next image contains a collection of these sweet treats – Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spritz Cookies, Sugar Cookies and the very popular small Cupcake in pink 32032. It’s about the size of mini muffins and makes a perfect party gift. 

I love the bit of information on the hang tags…..I’ve learned so much! And I have to say I have done my share in contributing to those numbers))

Oh, I almost forgot…..gotta get that Sugar Cookie recipe for you)) This recipe is from the 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook. I can’t imagine how many times I’ve made this recipe. My mother was a firm believer in hands on teaching and she would hand me the cookbook when I was a little girl and say…have at it!

Sugar Cookies (Crispy, think, flavorful)

1/2 cup soft shortening (half butter)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg

Mix first three items together thoroughly. Then stir in:
1 tbsp milk or cream
1 tsp flavoring (vanilla, lemon or a combination of the two)

Sift together and stir in 1 1/4 cups sifted Gold Medal flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
(typically we skipped the baking powder and salt and just used self-rising flour)

Chill dough. Roll very thin (1/16″). Cut into desired shapes. Place on lightly greased baking shee, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake until delicately browned. Hot oven (temperature 425) Back 5-7 minutes. Amount: about 5 dozen 2 1/2″ cookies.

Now…I’m not sure about oven from the 1950’s, may they were just not as well insulated as oven today…..but if I tried to bake these cookies in my oven at 425 degrees…..they would be burned to a crisp….so use your own judgement))

Here’s a couple of images right out of the cookbook. 

I have a great idea.....whip up a batch of your favorite cookies with your children or grandchildren....and give them a special cookie ornament to keep that memory alive for a long long time)))

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