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Yum.  Boxing Day sugar cookies.  The dough was made in preparation for Christmas festivities.  (Oops.)  Since X-mas was over I decided not to decorate in classic Santa and mistletoe mode. 

I used the Bella Bistro Mini Cookie Cutter Kit by Toysmith.  These cookie cutters are tiny, measuring two inches or less.  See the star cookie below with the mini chocolate chip?  That’s just the middle size.  I really couldn’t bring myself to frost a smaller sugar cookie than that.  It’s just silly. 

Well, I was really proud that none of them got burned to a crisp.  I can mix ingredients with confidence but getting the timing right for actually baking cookies is not my strong point.  I usually wait just long enough that the bottom is lightly charcoaled. 

One batch of cookies I made last Christmas was completely forgotten.  I put the last cookie tray in and after checking once I turned off the oven, fully intending to catch them at the perfect moment.  I got distracted and they slowly cooked for half an hour.  Since the oven had turned off they didn’t go up in smoke (thankfully) but just came out a really deep brown.  They made great tree ornaments though!

Speaking of brown, I made cinnamon flavored frosting for one-third of the cookies.  I just halved the normal recipe and added one tablespoon cinnamon and the tiniest touch of ground ginger and cloves.  I got the idea from Hannah on her blog, Bittersweet.  Very tasty and the cinnamon adds a bit of sprinkle to the frosting.  My family was skeptical of cinnamon flavor frosting at first, but after a final tally received an ‘okay’ vote.  Not a big hit, but I personally think chocolate and cinnamon are perfect together.

 *That’s cool* a random fact

Shirley Temple was considered for the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, but studio contracts prevented her from getting the part. 

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