Dog Eats the Christmas Cookies / by Shannon Heick

Earlier in the week, I took some business to FB and shared this screen-shot from my phone. As you can see, it's me sending my husband a photo of our GoldenDoodle, Maverick (a.k.a. the naughty doodle) and an empty 9x13 tupperware container. Screenshot 2014-12-21 21.15.15

Yes, I called my dog an A#$-hole. Yes, I used a hypen for emphasis (Jonas). If you know me personally, you know that I am much more likely to be using words like happy, smile, faith, pookie, honey-bunny, sweetie, and so forth.  But, that container was filled with THE MOST AMAZING Christmas cookies (fully frosted) that I have ever had. I would say there were 3 or so dozen cookies in there!  To add insult to injury, I actually made them! This is a feat, my friends! Most of my cookies burn while I am chasing a kid who stole my spatula or refereeing an argument about whose wearing whose Power Ranger under ware that day. This cookie success was a monstrous victory. Until they landed square in Sneaky McDoodle's belly. What kind of freakin' dog knows how to open tupperware?! Oh yeah, I should have known...he has opened tin cans before. #shouldhaveknown

I am not one to be defeated though. And I'm also not one to get revenge. But sometimes, there are just those opportunities disguised as ugly christmas sweaters that present themselves and leave you with no choice. Before we get to that, let me show you how we fought back. Here is round two of cookie making magic about to commence. My caption for this photo was going to be....."well, this looks like a disaster waiting to happen".

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And it actually turned out really well. Minus the fact that Chase is picking his nose and Maverick thinks he is going for round two. IMG_1566We made 96 cookies in our triumphant return to the cookie-making industry. They are delicious and I will share the recipe at the end of the post. We locked them in a cupboard way up high. Because I get smarter every day. IMG_1627 So, my husband had an ugly christmas sweater contest.............. I saw it sitting on the banister and I just couldn't pass up this opportunity.

IMG_1505  It was a no-brainer. It made perfect sense. IMG_1506  You eat my FROSTED christmas cookies. You wear an ugly female Christmas sweater. IMG_1512 What more can I say? IMG_1513Good game, Maverick. Nice try. IMG_1520

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 Here is the Chewy Sugar Cookie recipe.   Please note that this recipe called for Buttermilk and I was too lazy to go to the store for just one thing. So I just diluted some sour cream with milk and added a few tablespoons of that. I almost never fully follow a recipe. The frosting was another one that I made a bunch of tweaks to. Here is my frosting recipe. Let's call it "GoldenDoodle Lovers Frosting".
4 cups powdered sugar
1 to 1.5 TBSP meringue powder (most recipes I found called for 3 TBSP but I found that way to tart/meringue-ish for me)
5ish TBSP water
here's the fun part:
a cap-full or more of vanilla extract
a cap-full or 3 of almond extract (this is my favorite flavor in frosting)
why not throw in a pat of butter at this point? i did.
dash of salt? sure.
Then blend away until it gets nice and creamy. If you are bored, you can keep blending (7 min or so) until peaks start forming in the frosting.
To me this isn't a necessary step but I think the "royal icing" people like to have peaks forming in their frosting as a sign that it's ready. I'm
not that formal.
This frosting is just perfection. I hope you love it as much as Maverick did!
Merry Christmas everyone!!!