I hope your holiday is fabulous in every way! May all the magic and beauty of the season fill your home and heart with much happiness.
Powdered Sugar Cookies (Polvorones Sevillanos) are my son's favorite Christmas cookies. When he was taking Spanish in high school, he volunteered me to make cookies and still remembers that. Although he can't remember the teacher's name....lol. The cookies are typical Spanish cookies and are of Arab origin. The recipe also stated that just about every country in the Western world has some version of a sugar cookie. Sevilla is famous for its cookies, but they are also found throughout Spain. The Spanish sometimes serve these cookies in the afternoon to guests accompanied by a glass of anisette liqueur.
1/2 pound sweet butter at room temperature
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 tablespoon brandy or cognac
2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups powdered sugar sifted for dusting.
Cream the butter with electric beater until light colored and fluffy. In a small cup, mix together the egg yolk and the tablespoon of powdered sugar. Stir in the brandy. Beat this mixture into the butter.
Sift the flour with the cinnamon. Gradually incorporate the flour with a spatula or a wooden spoon into the butter mixture. The dough should be slightly sticky. With flowered hands shape the dough into ovals, about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch high.
Place on and ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 300°F for about 30 minutes. The cookies should not brown. Cool slightly 2 to 3 minutes.
Sift the powdered sugar onto a sheet of waxed paper. Roll the warm cookies carefully in the sugar, coating them lightly on all sides. Cool the cookies completely, then dust with more powdered sugar. To serve, you may place the cookies in miniature paper cupcake liners.
I am feeling quite an accomplishment getting these cookies made since they are "special" to us. That is the only cookie I had time to make! Ha! So my sister just delivered a HUGE tray of cookies to our front door and I honestly heard my husband squeal with joy. He had no idea she was coming over with the cookies.
Here are a few holiday photos from my phone. Twenty "bucks" put into a pizza box for a generic gift exchange.
Our front porch, and we have filled the bucket twice. Joe just happened to be at the front door when the UPS man was taking a picture to send to his wife.
The farmhouse at MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, NY.
A beautiful day for cross country skiing at the golf course.
Merry, Merry everyone! I'm joining Rattlebridge Farm for the holidays.