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December 9, 2010

Like many, I recently created my “year in status updates” on Facebook. It wasn’t difficult to spot a few trends…

Trend #1: The Bachelor

Trend #2: Mad Men

Trend # 3: MTV reality shows

Trend # 4: Glee

Trend # 5: Early 90’s television (Saved by the Bell, Full House, et al)

It’s almost like I watch too much television or something.

Lately, it’s been pretty easy to spot certain trends around here as well:

Trend #1: Ungraded papers

Trend #2: Messy House

Trend #3: Zero Christmas presents purchased

Trend #4: Christmas cards have not been mailed out yet

Trend #5: I spend the morning baking in my pajamas with complete disregard to previous trends

While I won’t grace you with another picture of me in my nightshirt, I will grace you with an actual recipe this time.  I didn’t post the sugar cookie recipe because, well, to be honest, they turned out a little sub-par.  But the cookies I made this morning were WAYYYY above par—soft, almondy, and delicious! These were kind of a cross between almond shortbread and sugar cookies, and they were absolutely delicious!

Almond Holiday Cookies (vegan optional)


1 cup butter or vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance)

2/3 cup sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. almond extract

2 cups flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup milk (dairy or non—I used almond milk)

Powdered sugar for topping

food coloring (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

With a mixer, beat together sugar, butter, and salt until light and fluffy, about five minutes.  Add almond extract.

In a separate bowl, combine flour and cornstarch and whisk well to combine.

Slowly add dry ingredients to wet in batches, mixing in between. Once all of the dry ingredients have been added to the wet, add the milk and mix for a few more minutes, until a soft dough has formed.

At this point, I divided the dough into two batches and colored each batch with red and green food coloring, mixing well to combine.

Once the food coloring is fully mixed into the dough, scoop the dough by the teaspoonful and roll into balls with hands for uniform cookies.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

Remove and allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then dust tops with powdered sugar.

Here are some pictures of the final cookies:

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These are so tasty! They’re really moist and soft on the inside!

Off to teach my LAST classes of the semester—woo hoo!!!! See you tonight!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2010 4:55 pm

    i’ve never seen the trends thing but that’s hilarious!

  2. eschnelle permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:04 pm

    I haven’t seen the trends either. You’re too funny!
    Cookies look great by the way 🙂

  3. December 9, 2010 5:06 pm

    Oooh I didn’t know that existed! How fun! I’m going to have to go play around with fbook now! =)

    I think half my statuses this year were “I smell bad…” because my husband made his way on to my page on a weeklly basis and just haaaad to leave his mark =) haha!


  4. December 9, 2010 5:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing I have been so in the mood to bake up some sugar cookies 🙂

  5. December 9, 2010 6:19 pm

    First- those cookies look awesome.

    Second- love all of your themes. Too funny. I tried to do the year in status but it omitted so many of my statuses (stati?) that I don’t really think it’s an accurate representation. Anyway, that sounded really dorky. I hope all is going well in grading land!

  6. Emo permalink
    December 9, 2010 7:43 pm

    You’re still in classes?! Ugh. Sorry to rub salt, but I think I would rather take another 8 hour Evidence final then grade 70 papers. Good luck! I hope you have lots of wine to go with those cookies and papers!

  7. December 9, 2010 8:06 pm

    Aw, I thought you looked cute in your pj’s and boots! I love almond in cookies and pound cake! These look so festive and delicious!

  8. December 9, 2010 8:22 pm

    Haha! I’ve never seen that status thing either – it’s really cute!

  9. Ginger permalink
    December 9, 2010 8:34 pm

    OK, so save some of THOSE cookies for me!!

  10. Ayla permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:00 pm

    I’ve never seen that “Year in FB Statuses” thing! Looks fun though.. although I’ve probably updated so many times that my year in statuses would be sleep inducing due to its length.

  11. Kelly permalink
    December 9, 2010 9:00 pm

    My year in status made me realize that I post way too much about Peyton Manning…haha!

  12. December 9, 2010 9:07 pm

    Too funny on the FB posts, mine have been a little dry lately and there would be a lot of post whining about needing more coffee. 😛 These cookies look wonderful, love the color – too fun!

  13. December 9, 2010 10:06 pm

    Those cookies are so cute and bright!

  14. December 9, 2010 10:59 pm

    I love all things almond, cookies are in the oven as I type!

  15. December 10, 2010 3:06 am

    i love those cookies! so megawatt in color.

  16. December 10, 2010 4:09 am

    Trend #5 seems to be the story of my life…

  17. December 10, 2010 5:02 am

    Congrats on the last classes of the semester- I’m sure it’s more relief for you than for the students. I’m too afraid to see what my status trends would be 🙂

  18. December 10, 2010 12:02 pm

    Love the cookie recipe, my dear! I’ve been craving sugar cookies like nobodies business!

  19. December 10, 2010 1:30 pm

    Hooooray for your last class! These cookies are SO festive. And they do look awesomely moist inside. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  20. December 10, 2010 4:14 pm

    hope the LAST class went well! it’s over by now at least!

    as for the cookies, YUM! i used to make red and green cookies w/ my mom and grandma as a kid…such great memories when i see these types of cookies!

    i love your trends…fun to read…Tv is a good way to zone out. I actually want to watch MORE tv. Who says that?! Well, I just did 🙂

  21. December 10, 2010 6:36 pm

    I think my trends would be 99% “I need some vino” haha

    Cute festive cookies!

  22. December 10, 2010 8:24 pm

    So many of your updates were things I was thinking, especially the ones about reality TV shows (I’m hopelessly addicted!!)

    Cookies are looking mighty tasty 🙂


  23. December 11, 2010 1:21 am

    Almond holiday cookies look great! Love all the colors 😉

    I have only bought one Christmas gift, still need to buy more! I better get moving, haha


  24. December 11, 2010 3:20 am

    your cookies are so colourfull!!

    Yas Xx

  25. greensandjeans permalink
    December 11, 2010 3:22 pm

    I’m afraid to look at my year in review because it will be “pop culture, pop culture, training for a marathon, moving, pop culture.”


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