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Christmas Alphabet: H is for Holly

December 3, 2011

Holly

H is for Holly, deep green with red berries, reminding us of the crown of thorns & shed blood, what was to come for the Christ Child.

Holly  Ivy

Holly is wonderful for decorating during the holidays. Snip a few pieces & add them to your wreaths & stand longer branches in a vase, even a glass of water on the kitchen counter beside your sink.

I completely covered the top of a white-iced Christmas birthday cake with holly leaves one year. Of course the birthday girl’s name – Holly.

Varigated holly

Deck the halls with boughs of holly…

Sour Cream Cookies

Cut these with a holly-shaped cookie cutter, then decorate with green icing. Instead of using red frosting for the holly berries, use a couple of Red Hots.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 5 cup All-purpose Flour

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease cookie sheets, or use silpat like I do.
  3. Cream butter & sugar until light & fluffy.
  4. Beat in egg yolks, then vanilla, salt, baking soda, baking powder & sour cream.
  5. Gradually add flour until all is incorporated.
  6. Roll dough to 1/8 – inch thickness on lightly floured surface.
  7. Cut into desired shapes.
  8. Place 1/2-inch apart on prepared sheets.
  9. Bake 15 minutes.
  10. Cool 1 – 2 minutes on sheets, then remove to wire racks.
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