Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Caldecott and Newberry 2016 Winners

Quote from "The Book Thief" 
A post not to miss! An impressive list with some authors winning in both categories.
http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2016/01/caldecott-newbery-winners/
If you scroll all the way down on the list you will see that Nancy Plain, author of "This Strange  The Life and Art of John James Audubon" was mentioned as a finalist in the Non-Fiction Awards. 
Her book was reviewed last spring on Ever Ready.

Let's celebrate all the winners and finalists with a plate of Almond Sugar Cookies.
Cook's notes: Recipe makes 18 but depends on the size of the cookie cutter and how thin dough is rolled. 
Cooking tip: Make sure wax paper stays well floured while rolling dough out and cookie cutter.
Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. each vanilla and almond extract
Cookie Directions:
  • Cream butter and sugar, blend in egg, water, vanilla and almond extract.
  • Sift flour with salt and baking powder.
  • Beat butter mixture with flour mixture. It may be necessary to knead dough by adding in more  flour to form ball.  
  • Wrap dough in wax paper and put in freezer for a 1/2 hour until slightly chilled.
  • Roll dough out on floured surfaces using a cookie cutter for desired shapes. 
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place cookies on baking pan. 
  • Bake 375 for 8 minutes or until slightly brown on bottom
Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 TB melted butter
  • 2 TB. Amaretto
  • drops of red food coloring
Frosting Directions:
  • Beat ingredients until desired frosting consistency. 
  • Add more milk by tablespoons if needed. 

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