Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chicken and Broccoli Braid

Last night I made the yummiest dinner braid! And the kids asked for seconds! Hubby ate about 1/3 (the leftovers after the 5 kids & I ate).

I made my own Buttery Soft Crescent Rolls found on, then followed the recipe for the Chicken and Broccoli Braid from one of the Pampered Chef (R) Season's Best Recipe Books (but the recipe is not on their website, so for copyright purposes I did not post it. Oh, I do have to say I used 3 chicken breasts as it says in the recipe. The recipe also calls for 1 cup of broccoli and some red pepper and their Dill spice. I used a whole bag of broccoli stir-fry vegetables and then some other spice, I think it was Jamaican rub, or something like that! You have to be creative sometimes!

Anyway, it's a big braid, fills a whole cookie sheet, but it is so yummy! It would be great for serving company!

Friday, December 4, 2009

County Fair Cookies (best ever sugar cookie)

I had so many requests for this on Facebook so I decided to post it here, too.

County Fair Cookies

2 c sugar
1 c shortening (butter but NOT margarine)
2 eggs
1/2 c sour cream (or buttermilk - and I've been known to use sour milk, but milk doesn't go bad in my house, so that's usually not an option!)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
5 c flour

Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, beating well after each. Add sour cream and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Starting with 4 1/2 cups of flour, continue to add flour until dough no longer sticks to the bowl but is still malleable.
Roll to desired thickness. Cut out shapes. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Make that 8-10 minutes! I copied the recipe exactly as my mother had emailed it to me and well, they don't turn out if they're not baked long enough!

Decorate as desired.

Merry Christmas!