Merry Christmas, Make Some Cookies!

elves-themselvesWe’re looking forward to a weekend of relaxing, celebrating, and being with family. Knitting Daughter and Web Guy have been here all week, and WH’s mom arrives today. I still can’t quite believe that Christmas is here and the month of December is almost gone! (Know what else is gone? These cute “Elves Themselves” figures because they don’t make them any more. This is my favorite – the one holding the manger.)

Before the New Year diets kick in, you ought to give these cookies a try. They are seriously delicious. S.E.R.I.O.U.S.L.Y. They melt in your mouth and your family will gobble them up and ask you to make more. (Found on Pinterest, from this blog, originally published in the Salt Lake Tribune.)

Paradise-Bakery-Sugar-CookiesParadise Bakery Sugar Cookies

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups shortening
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg, beaten
4 1/3 cups cake flour*
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
plain or colored sugar for decorating

Heat over to 375 degrees.

In medium bowl, cream together both sugars and shortening, using an electric mixer. Mix on slow speed for 30 seconds until blended, and then mix on medium speed for 3 minutes.

Slowly add vanilla and beaten egg, while mixing.

In a separate bowl, combine cake flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, mixing slowly until just blended. (Do not over mix.)

Roll a tablespoon sized ball in your hand, flatten slightly, and then toss in sugar.

Bake 9-10 minutes.  Cookies are done when small cracks appear on the top and they are pale golden. Do not let the edges get brown.

Let cool and enjoy!

*If you don’t have cake flour on hand – and I didn’t – it’s easy enough to make. Measure out 1 cup of flour. Remove 2 Tbl. of flour from the measuring cup and add in 2 Tbl. of cornstarch instead. Sift this 4-5 times and then it’s ready to use in your recipe. (Since this recipe takes 4 1/3 cups, I measured out 4 1/3 cups of flour, removed 8 Tbl. of the flour, added in 8 Tbl. of cornstarch, and sifted it 5 times. Worked great.)

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, a Loopy Ewe Gift Certificate in your stocking, and a relaxing weekend with the ones you love.

Sheri (with holiday wishes from my whole family to all of you, too!)

(P.S. We’re in the shop and shipping today, but Monday the 26th is a holiday. We’ll be back in there on Tuesday again.)


  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I love you, Loopy Ewe, and all the Loopies, elves, and everyone else who has a hand in your shop.

  2. Sounds yummy! I haven’t made any cookies yet. Maybe these will be the first of the season. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. Families are the best gift we have, you know.

  3. Merry Christmas and the very best wishes for a wonderful New Year to you and your family, and the present and past Elves! Thank you for a year of yarn joy!

  4. I made your chicken and rice soup. I forgot to put the water in and then after 4-5 hours in the slow cooker I thought it looked very good as it was so I skipped the butter,cream, and flour. It was pretty tasty! The rice had cooked long enough it was starting to break down so it thickened the broth up very nicely.

    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  5. How close to the end of the skein do I need to be for the 4th quarter challenge? Does absolutely the entire skein need to be used? I am cuious as I am close to the end but don’t think I will use it entirely. Do I need to add a repeat and break into the second skein? Thanks.

  6. A very Merry Christmas to you, your family, the elves and all of your wonderful yarny suppliers, Sheri! Enjoy the time with your family!

  7. Merry Christmas to you Sheri and your husband and knitting daughter and webson….Relax and be Merry and enjoy all lifes best has to offer………………….

  8. You definitely deserve a relaxing weekend with family. If I hadn’t watched the move in progress on the webcam, I would have thought that you did just “twitch your nose Samantha-style” to move TLE from St Louis to CO. You have had an amazing year and may you have more rest & knitting time in 2012 than you did in 2011. If I made those cookies, I would be eating all of them myself – not a good idea. DH is diabetic and DS claims to not eat sweets (pumpkin pie being an exception).

  9. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and all the elves!

    (PS – I think you should adopt the outside cat! She/he’s obviously chosen to adopt YOU!)

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Sheri, Loopy, Elves and of course your dear family. You all have earned a relaxing weekend! 3 days off! How great is that? The coolies look yummy- the grandkids and I have been baking cookies- just not these!
    Enjoy your weekend and put your feet up! FPS!

  11. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all of your family, elves and the kitties — including your outdoor buddy. Enjoy your first Christmas season in Colorado!

  12. Merry Christmas Sheri and Colorado Elves! I’ll be spending Sunday with family but am looking forward to a long weekend. I can’t remember the last time I had a 3 day weekend.

  13. Merry Christmas to you, Sheri, and the Elves and all your families! I hope it’s a wonderful holiday and relaxing weekend!

  14. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Today I’m making old-fashioned gingerbread with warm lemon sauce — YUM. But those cookies do look seriously delish!

  15. Wishing you and your family all the best at this Holiday season!
    So glad that you will finally be able to Enjoy the season with your family and get some well deserved REST!
    All the best to the Elves both old and new!
    Looking forward to 2012 to see what exciting things you come up with for all of us Loopies.
    Thanks for all the recipes that you share with us all year!
    I think Gracie and Zoe would love a new playmate and the kitty is so beautiful and looks like she has already adopted you! Have you gotten her the heated house yet?

  16. I can’t believe how quickly your packages arrive now that I’m just down the highway! Amazing service as usual! Hoping you have a very wonderful Christmas with your family, Sherri! I know it is a white one!

  17. Merry Christmas to you and your family. You make us very happy all year round and deserve the best of times during the holidays and always. I am hoping for a GC from Loopy too!!!!!

  18. Merry Christmas, Sheri and family! I’ve been AWOL lately and well just plain busy, as we all have in some sort of way. I just had to give you a “Merry Christmas” and your first one in Colorado at that! Hope it was a great day!

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