Thirty Days Hath November…..or so the ole’ Mother Goose rhyme goes. I have said that little rhyme for years when trying to remember how many days there are in each month.
My dear readers, do you remember that rhyme?
There are several versions, but the content is the same and that is all that matters when one is trying to determine how many days are in a certain month!
It goes like this:
Thirty days hath September,April, June, and November;
Thirty-one the others date,Except in February, twenty-eight;
But in leap year we assign February, twenty-nine.
Hey…..It helps me to remember!
I’m getting older and a bit lazy and I don’t always have a calendar in front of me.
The point of all this, is to say that today is the middle of November and with Christmas just around the corner…a little bit of the baking has started in this home.
I am excited when it comes to baking Christmas cookies and candies!
Another of my idiosyncrasies, (other than saying a poem) is that I save every magazine that has recipes in it.
Yes, I do mean every one. I have those hard cased book holders that hold at least 2 years of subscription magazines….sometimes more, depending on the thickness of the magazines. I have had a subscription to those wonderful slick covered Taste of Home and Country Woman for longer than I care to remember…..and I did live on a ranch in the country in 1996.
Guess that classifies me as a hoarder?
I told you I am a bit weird! 😉
The Frosty the Sno-Man Cookie recipe (below) came from a 1996 November/December Issue of Country Woman, Farm and Ranch Living and I have modified it a bit. I substituted the coconut extract for almond extract….and changed the name to Frosty because I can’t think of a snowman without thinking of Frosty!
Another confession? I still watch the Frosty the Snowman cartoon each year!
Egads! At my age? Yep, it is the child in me I guess.
Aren’t these the cutest cookies ever?
By the way, this particular issue is 19 years old and the mag looks just like brand new, with the exception of a few food spills on some of my favorite pages.
I do donate my other types of magazines to my Doctor’s offices and Beauty Salons….
…and yes, I have to confess that I still receive magazine subscriptions….even though I am sure I could get many of them on-line.
I am old fashioned that way…love the printed mag in my hand! (I am that way about books too!)
Do you keep old magazines with recipes or do you recycle them? Or do you even receive subscriptions?
Enjoy this last day of November….the 30th! 🙂 and let me know if you make this cookie recipe.
I am interested in your thoughts!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Miniature semisweet chocolate chips, and green and red M&M's minis
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 to 4 teaspoons 2% milk
- Red and/or green food coloring
- Miniature milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped
- In a large bowl, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking powder; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into forty-eight 1-in. balls, forty-eight 3/4-in. balls and forty-eight 1/2-in. balls. On ungreased baking sheets, place one ball of each size, side by side, for each snowman.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven; cool on pans 2 minutes. Press on chocolate chips for eyes and M&M's for buttons. Carefully remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- For frosting, in a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to reach a piping consistency. If two colors of frosting are desired, transfer half of the frosting to another bowl; tint with food coloring.
- Cut a small hole in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag; fill with frosting. Pipe scarves on snowmen. Use frosting to attach chocolate kisses for hats. Yield: 4 dozen.
- Unfortunately, I never throw away or recycle anything with a recipe in it. That is just me. This recipe came from a 1996 November issue of Country Woman Magazine. So it is over 20 years old. Yikes! What is my problem? LOL
- You can add 1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract to the cookie and the frosting if desired.
- 1 cookie equals 139 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.