Thursday, January 13, 2011

How to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate and the Best Sugar Cookies Ever

Oh my goodness, it's almost midnight on Wednesday!  How did that happen?

1.  Laundry.
2.  Basketball game (mine).
3.  Grocery shopping.
4. Turning above-mentioned groceries into meals for laundry-generating family.
5. Laundry.
6. Coaching 6th grade basketball.
7. Cub Scouts.
8. Sliding on ice and hitting Cadillac in parking lot of Cub Scout event.
9. Basketball games (8th graders)
10. Auto Body Shop for above-mentioned fender bender.

And all of this happened on Monday and Tuesday.

That said, we've had a patch of lovely weather here in the Midwest.  The Northeast is getting slammed with snow yet again, but we've just had a slow steady snowfall, blanketing our yards and trees.  It's sparkly and beautiful.

When the kids come in for a break from the snow, here are two of my favorite recipies:  homemade hot chocolate (throw that instant stuff in the trash!), and the best sugar cookies ever.

Hot Chocolate
photo credit: Stepheye

1 mug of warm milk, not quite boiling
1 small spoonful of sugar
1 slightly bigger spoonful of cocoa powder (unsweetened)

Warm milk in saucepan.  Mix sugar and cocoa in mug.  Add small amount of warmed milk to sugar & cocoa and stir until dissolved.  Add remaining milk and stir.

Best Sugar Cookies Ever
My mom's friend Dolly Fischer gave her this recipe when I was a little girl (KG, maybe?).  While I was still a girl, Mrs. Fischer died from breast cancer, but her recipe has lived on in our family for all these years.  I think of her and her family every time I make them.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2 c flour
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c margarine
1/2 c shortening
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Also need:
melted butter
extra sugar

Sift together the first 4 ingredients.  In a separate bowl, cream the last 5 ingredients.  Add sifted ingredients to creamed ingredients and mix by hand.  Roll into very small balls; press flat with the bottom of a glass dipped first in a bowl with melted butter, then a bowl with the extra sugar.  Bake @ 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.  Don't bake for too long!  If you want to get creative, you can add food coloring to the cookie dough or used colored sugar.

These are thin, airy, and absolutely delicious!

1 comment:

slk said...

Dolly was the best neighbor ever. As do you, I always think of her and see her when I'm making these amazing cookie. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about her.