Spritz -
1 1/2 cups butter or marg.
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract - i add more almond probably triple, i didn't really measure just to taste
3 1/2 cups flour
Beat butter. add sugar and baking powder. Mix. Beat in egg, vanilla, almond until combined. Mix in flour. use a cookie press to make shapes. bake at 375 for 8 -10 min.
you can't tell very well in the picture but I added green food coloring to give the trees some color.

"The Best Ever" Sugar Cookies

These live up to their title, Best Ever.
I got this recipe from Tessa.
They are SOOOOO good!

3 C Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 C Butter
2 Eggs
1 C Sugar

2 Tbsp Butter
3-4 oz Cream Cheese
2 C Powdered Sugar
1-2 Tbsp Evaporated Milk (I've used normal milk and it turns out great too.)

  • Sift dry ingredients together (excluding sugar). Cut in butter. (to look like corn meal)
  • In separate bowl, mix eggs and sugar. Beat well.
  • Blend two together.
  • Chill 1 hour.
  • Roll out flat with roller (add a lil flour to counter and dough to keep from sticking). Cut with cookie cutters.
  • Bake @ 375 for 6-8 minutes.
  • Frost when cooled.
  • Wha-la!!! Delicious!

Glazed Mini Meatloaves

If you're not a meatloaf fan...  you will be after you try these!
I for one, LOVE meatloaf. (just ask my mom. :) )
But these will now replace ANY meatloaf I've ever had. SOOOOO GOOOOD!
They'd make for great burgers on the grill too. (I know my aunt uses meatloaf recipes for her burgers.)

Makes 4-5 mini meatloaves

17-20 saltine crackers, crushed fine (about 2/3 cup)
1/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground meat
2 teaspoons oil

1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 teaspoons cider vinegar

  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 425 degrees. Stir cracker crumbs, milk, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, egg, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper together in a large bowl. Add ground meat and combine until uniform. Shape mixture into oval loaves.
  • Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until the oil is rippling. Add meatloaves (without letting them touch sides) and brown well on one side, 3-5 minutes. Carefully flip loaves over and tidy up edges using a spatula (I didn’t need to do this – my meatloaves managed to hold their shape really well). Brown on this side for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix glaze ingredients together until smooth. Transfer mini meatloaves to a foil-lined baking pan and spoon the glaze over the top of each meatloaf. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the center of the loaf registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer (or do like I do and cut one of the little babies open and if it looks done – pull ‘em out of the oven!).
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