Jul 17, 2022

Dueling Darlings: Christmas in July!

 Tracie and Carol hosted this month's challenge and decided to feature the often overlooked Mrs. Claus.

Here is the front of my card, featuring some of the lovely papers sent in Tracie's kit.

Image: Mrs. Claus Baking Co. by Jaded Blossom.

Designer papers by Authentique Rejoice

Doodlebug red doily, miscellaneous sequins and crochet lace.

The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers and a Spectrum Noir glitter pen highlights her apron, glasses, hair and ribbon. I just HAD to sparkle her hair, because she's a magical person after all!! Here's a close up.

The papers were so pretty that I used more on the inside.

Thank you Tracie for such a fun kit!

Tracie included one of her favorite holiday cookie recipes and asked that we also post a favorite cookie recipe.

After some thought I remembered how much my kids liked Spritz cookies and how my Mom would bake them every Christmas. 

So here's the recipe, although we never decorated our cookies. They are delicious as is!

  • Spritz Cookies
  • 1cup butter, softened
  • 1/2cup sugar
  • 2 1/4cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1egg
  • 1teaspoon almond extract 
  • Food color & currants, raisins, candies, colored sugar, finely chopped nuts, candied fruit or fruit peel, if desired
  • Heat oven to 400°F. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, salt, egg, almond extract and a few drops of food color.
  • Here, I refrigerate the dough to make it easier to work with.
  • Place dough in cookie press. Form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate with currants if desired.

  • Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. To decorate cookies after baking, use a drop of corn syrup to attach decorations to cookies.


Tracie said...

Darlene - Such a great card and thanks for sharing your recipe. Glad everyone had fun with the theme this month.

kiwimeskreations said...

Of course Mrs Claus had to have sparkly hair!! Love how you have coloured her Darlene, and your mounting is fabulous too. That recipe sound lovely

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Darlene, your card is so pretty - love the sparkle!!! And what a yummy sounding cookie recipe!

Lorraine said...

What a nice card! I love her sparkly hair!

Carol W said...

Darlene this card is wonderful. I love how you used the kit. Great layout, wonderful coloring and I'm loving that you are adding sparkle. Can't wait to try your recipe...yummm. Well done my friend.