Buttery Sugar Cookies

I don’t usually make sugar cookies at Christmas, I get overwhelmed by the whole process. Mixing,chilling,rolling out the dough, cutting, and then decorating. It really is time consuming. I have my tried and true simple cookies that I make every year and I’m always happy to serve them. But this year early on my husband was really talking up his favorite sugar cookies his Mom always made when he was a kid and still tries to bake even now at 90 years young. I thought about it and decided to bake some sugar cookies this past Christmas. Only I took three days to do the process. Day one I mixed and chilled the dough, day two I cut and baked the dough, and day three I iced and decorated. The cookies stayed fresh for a solid week or more. It was much easier then trying to do all of that in one day. My husband loved the cookies, but no cookie could be as good as his Moms 😀

The cookie recipe I used was from Susan Branch Christmas From The Heart Of The Home  🏡 🎄 it’s her Butter cookie. They are one of the best sugar cookies I’ve ever tasted.

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Lemon Curd


The recipe for this lemon curd is so rich and delicious. I love the deep yellow color that appears as the curd becomes thick. It takes a little patience at the stove stirring, but is well worth the effort. This lemon curd was made at the tearoom I had worked several years ago. It went between two sugared and baked rectangles of puff pastry and topped with fresh whip cream.  On the menu it was called a lemon puff. It was a refreshing and delicious little treat. I could however, seriously skip the dessert and just eat the lemon curd until I was full. The lemon curd goes beautifully with scones as well as toast. It is a very special treat, one that I love to serve at tea parties. I have even given it to my guests in little jars as a gift to take home with them. It is always appreciated.  I will be sharing the lemon puffs recipe for you in my next post.





Melt the butter over a double boiler. I used a pot and a bowl. Just have the water on low heat to simmer.


Add the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest.


Slowly stir in the eggs.


Stir continuously about 20 minutes.


Curd will coat the back of a wooden spoon when it’s done. It will thicken more as it cools.


Strain through a sieve.


Pour into your favorite jars. Seal and store in the refrigerator.


Lemon Curd Recipe

8 oz. butter

16 oz. granulated sugar

5 lemons, freshly squeezed

Zest of 5 lemons

6 eggs and 2 egg yolks, whisked together

Melt the butter over a double boiler over low heat. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir with a wooden spoon to incorporate the ingredients. Slowly stir in the eggs, stir continually as you incorporate. Continue to stir over low heat. It will take about 20 minutes for the curd to become thicker and a deep yellow color. The back of the wooden spoon should have a thin coating of the curd that coats the spoon.

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Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding
Rice Pudding

I am new to rice pudding. I remember my Mom and Dad loving it. They ordered it at one of their favorite diner a lot. Last year I was at a local diner with my daughter, and she asked me if I’d like to share rice pudding with her. I had always been a tapioca pudding fan up to that point. The pudding came to us in a beautiful glass dish topped with a good sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of freshly whipped cream. It was so creamy and the cinnamon seemed to have become one with the layer of pudding it was clinging to. The whipped cream added lightness to the rice which was so tender. I was immediately pleased with this pudding and ate more than my share.  My daughter had discovered rice pudding long before. She was laughing at how much I enjoyed it. I will always love tapioca. But now I have two loves! This recipe was given to me by my good friend Joyce. I was telling her about my new love of rice pudding. A friend of hers had given her this recipe. It was easy to prepare, creamy and delicious, a recipe anyone would love.


DSCF5017Boil the milk and stir the rice in. Return to a boil. then simmer 50-60 minutes until the rice is tender.

DSCF5061Add the milk, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, and salt. Stirring constantly.

DSCF5062Bring the pudding back to a boil.

DSCF5074Pour into a serving dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

DSCF5090Top with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. Enjoy!

Rice Pudding

6 cups whole milk

¾ cup long grain rice

1 cup heavy cream

¾ cup sugar

3 egg yolks beaten

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

Rinse a sauce pan with cold water (do not dry it). Pour the whole milk in the pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the rice and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered until the rice is tender, about 50-60 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally. In a small bowl, combine the heavy cream, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla, and salt; set aside when the rice is tender stir in the cream mixture (slowly) stirring until completely combined. Return to a boil. Remove from heat and pour into a serving dish. Sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon. Chill 4 hours before serving or overnight. Serve with freshly whipped cream.

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