Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Magic of the Season is All Around

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 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 floured 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.

 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.
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Merry Christmas to you and Joe - Your tree is lovely!!

  2. Merry Christmas!
    You are such a happy to watch..that tree is just getting more and more gorgeous Debbie.
    I love your idea at thr dor..we don't get anything at the door unless Jacques has ordered domething from Costco online..very rarely does Amazon come to our door..we get a key in our mailbox..that is up thr road and it opens a different box..most of the time we have to go pick up at PO.

    Great great idea..I love surprise hairdresser once told me she had never had a Christmas stocking in her life..she is 42..I filled one for her and brought it Wednesday..only saying this because if we look around you can get hints of what could bring a smile to someone..we just have to pay attention.
    Perfect gift bags too:)

    And to all a good night:)

    1. So true, Monique! I know you touched her heart. Last year I mailed a bag of stocking stuffers to fill a friend's stocking because the previous year she was truly sad when her stocking was empty. She had spent much time and thought filling the stockings for her two daughters, husband, and four grandchildren. I mailed the things to her daughter in hopes she would get a little message about this year. Tomorrow will tell. ;-)

  3. Merry Christmas Deb, your home looks beautifully decorated and gave me a smile. I'm baking today and I'm going to try to make your cookies if I have time.

    1. I just wanted to stop back by to wish you a Happy New Year.

  4. The cookies sound great! I love the basket of goodies on the porch. For once I lucked out and UPS came while I was home, gave him some lottery tickets. Merry Christmas Debbie-enjoy:@)

  5. Beautiful tree...Merry Christmas, Debbie!

  6. Magical, Debbie! I love all your seasonal shots. Merry Christmas!

  7. What a sweet memory of the special cookies, Debbie, and what a nice gift from your sister. Thanks for the idea of the $20 in the pizza box and the goodies at the front door. Your tree and decor look so beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and Joe and enjoy your sweet grandson. xo

  8. Debbie, your tree is total charm as are the photos of Christmas at your home. I love seeing you and Joe all bundled up and smiling out in the snow. So unlike a Christmas in TX where the weather is balmy. Love the Santa holding the CC pot. I've not seen him. Is he new this year? Adorable!
    Merry Christmas to you and Joe and all the family. It's going to be such fun watching the excitement of that precious little grandson.

  9. Your tree is beautiful, Debbie, and I love the photos of the MacKensie Childs Farmhouse - Wow! Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

  10. Sorry I'm late Deb, this one slipped by me with all the family coming and going. Love the photos of your home and tree and the photos of you and Joe. No snow here for winter fun, storms, warm and humid! Hope your New Year's celebrating was fun and 2017 brings you all the best!


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