The Advent Adventure ~ Week 3

The Advent Adventure

Welcome to week 3 of this Advent season. I’m sure that your household is hustling and bustling as we prepare for Christmas. One of my favorite things to do this season is to bake. Actually, I really like being in the kitchen all year round, This is just an excuse to be there even more. haha!

One of the signs of Christmas that I chose to feature in The Advent Adventure is the special family tradition of baking lots of yummies to share with family and friends. I’m sure that you all have your favorites. It may be cookies, candies or breads… But, as we share these gifts with others we are reminded that Jesus is the true Bread of Life!

Did you know that Bethlehem literally means “House of Bread”? What a perfect name for the birthplace of our savior, the Bread Of Life.

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.

Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35

Christmas Cookie Sacks

For today’s activity I decided to go a little retro. I like making things that remind people of their own family memories. I used my grandma’s cookie press to make Spritz cookies.

Cookie Press

It is an easy recipe and if you don’t happen to have a cookie press, no worries. Just hand form into balls and flatten with a fork. Spritz cookies are similar to the little cookie you get in the tins around the holiday season. I have included two recipes. One for cinnamon orange and the other chocolate.

Christmas Cookies

Cinnamon Orange

Ingredients:
1 c. shortening                                                        
1 tsp. orange zest
3 oz. cream cheese – softened                          
2 1/2 c. flour – sifted
1 c. sugar                                                                  
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg yolk                                                                  
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Cream sugar, shortening & cream cheese.
  2. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla and orange zest.
  3. Gradually add in flour, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add dough into cookie press and form cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove at once to cooling rack.

Chocolate

Ingredients:
2 oz. milk chocolate – melted and cooled                
1 egg
1/3 c. shortening                                                                
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. cream cheese – softened                                      
 2 1/2 c. flour – sifted
1 c. sugar                                                                                
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Cream sugar, cream cheese, and shortening together.
  2. Add chocolate.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add in flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Place dough in cookie press and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove to cooling rack.
About Emmalee

Emmalee is a mother of three beautiful girls, ages 6, 5 & 2. She also works full time operating a childcare from her home. She and her family live in rural Southeast Kansas and enjoy the country life on their growing “Triple-A-Farm.” She enjoys the outdoors, being in the kitchen and diving into God's word. Emmalee also has a passion for children and family kingdom ministries. She blogs at www.thehoggatthomeschool.com, where she shares a hodgepodge of recipes, craft ideas, homeschooling tips, resources and devotions.

Comments

  1. This looks SO good! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” I hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/12/try-new-recipe-tuesday-december-24.html Merry Christmas!

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