In the absence of knitting (the trees proved to be too much apparently and now I need another little rest – how annoying is that?), I give you Christmas baking and an experiment…

My most favorite sugar cookie recipe to date I discovered back in the spring through Smitten Kitchen and her Confetti Cookies.

Oh. My. Gosh.  So tender and just wonderful.  And the sprinkles are fun.

So, I decided to use the same recipe with my new sheep/knitting cookie stamps from Juniper Moon:

And make little packages to give to the new owners of The Spinning Room!

Then, I used the same recipe, with an additional 1/2 cup flour, to make rolled cut-out cookies:

The sprinkled ones got taste-tested.  The others will become something else I’ll show you another time.

I highly recommend this recipe.  In fact, (heads up if you are local and like a free treat) I may or may not be making more sheep/knitting cookies to share at The Spinning Room.

In experimental news, I made a wonderful caramel sauce that my friend Chrissy told me about.  A can of sweetened condensed milk, immersed in water, heated in the crock pot for hours and hours.

My first try, for 8 hours, looked like this:

It didn’t look quite dark enough so I decided, after Googling for a little more information, to try again.  This time I put it in a canning jar so I could see how dark it was getting and left it in for 10 hours….

Ok, looks the same but the second one definitely tasted more caramel-y! Found that info here.  We are looking forward to trying it on something!

P.S. If you are reading this on a computer and not a mobile device, you might notice a wintry addition to the blog! (And if your are reading it on a mobile device, I bet that just made you want to go look at it on a computer…)

5 comments on “Interlude
  1. Libby says:

    Those cookies are so cute! Great tips about recipes and methods. Merry Christmas, Liz!

  2. Beatrice Legere says:

    Yummy Cookies? (They sure look good!!). Lucky owners of the Spinning Room.
    Hint, hint: I’m taking Two classes on Jan. 28, one with you. Sure would be nice to have treat in between!

    Thanks for the cookie tips. Sorry to hear you are on another knitting hiatus! Love the snowy touch! Merry Christmas, Liz!

  3. Nancy Esmay says:

    Love the sheep stamp cookies… lovely gifts for the ladies at the Spinning Room. Caramel looks yummy!

  4. Annette says:

    Your funny, I’m on my mobile now I have to get to the computer for sure,
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  5. Ceil Broady says:

    The cookies look wonderful. Liz, you are simply amazing.

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