Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year's Day Open House

We had an open house for New Year's Day--a very enjoyable time well-spent with friends and family. In my wannabe-Martha style, I went all out for the refreshments and ended up making twice the amount of food I actually needed. Hooray for leftovers!

One item that did not have much left over were the Spiced Cutout cookies. I found the recipe on years ago, and it's been a winner every time.

I find it a huge help to roll the dough out between two sheets of waxed paper (Husband R. always gets that job!) and refridgerate it overnight, or at least a few hours.

The red bowl is for the scraps left around each cut-out. Wait until you've gone through all the rolled dough, gather all the scraps, mush it together and roll it out again for the next round of cutting. The goal is to handle the dough as little as possible, lest it become tough and not as delectable.

For the New Year's Day celebration, I didn't want to use any old cutters, and since Christmas was technically over, none of those cutters would do, either. So, I went in a not-so-serious direction: Already Been Chewed cookie cutters by Fred.

To please both the Yes-I-Want-Frosting-On-My-Cookies and No-Thanks-I-Made-This-Crazy-Resolution-To-Not-Eat-Frosting folks, the cookies were served with frosting on the side. Which sounds so much nicer and Martha-like than "I am fundamentally lazy and besides, I didn't have time to frost all those freakin' cookies."

The cookies were a hit. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I give your party an A! I regret that I did not have an ABC spice cookie. However, the chili, spinach dip, cupcakes, and punch were amazing. If you had had bowls of crushed ice laying around, I'd give you an A+. hahaha Laura

Tom said...

Who in their right mind would make a New Year's resolution to shun frosting? I've learned that if you're going to one of Ajay's events that you have to put all "resolutions" aside, because the temptation to eat (and overeat) will be omnipresent.

Bless you and your baking/cooking ways!

Amanda said...

Thanks, you guys! And thanks for the housewarming gifts. It was great to see both of you!

JANE4girls said...

OMG, love the cookies. where did you find the cute cutters?

Amanda said...

Hi, Erin! I am a huge fan of your blog...I was just on my way there to get the Redbox code for today! If you look at my post, the name of the cookie cutters is a link that will take you to the company's website. I found mine in a store, but it looks like they sell them online, too. Thanks!

JANE4girls said...

oh thanks I totally missed that link! There is a shop close by me.

We love goofy stuff like that!