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She brushed her hands together and untied her apron. But as she did, the doorbell rang. Ophelia paused in the hallway to check her appearance in the mirror. Though her eyes were a bit puffy, there was no flour on her cheeks. Her wavy black hair was still tucked neatly under a knitted headband. She opened the door.
“Thank goodness!” An older woman motioned to the younger one behind her and the two charged through the door as thunder boomed, clipping the Christmas wreath with the boxes they held. A spray of needles landed on the welcome mat.
“Aunt Nancy? Jennifer? Come on—in.” Ophelia welcomed the two, but they were already on their way to her kitchen. A fresh chill in the air, she closed the door on the pounding rain the two were trying to escape and joined them.
SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE COOKIES
By Linda P. Kozar
1-cup white sugar
1-cup softened butter (use real butter for best results)
1 3-ounce package cream cheese (I use the low fat version)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp vanilla extract (always use pure, not imitation)
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
In large mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, vanilla extract and egg. Beat till smooth. Stir in flour until blended. For best results, chill for a couple of hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (190 degrees C).
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/3 at a time to 1/8th inch thickness, refrigerating remaining dough until ready to use. Cut out shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters (so the dough won’t stick). I use candy cane, Christmas tree and angel cookie cutters.
Place one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Leave cookies plain for frosting.
Bake 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light and golden brown. After the first batch, the others seem to bake faster. The average bake time is 8 minutes.
Cool cookies completely before frosting.
*Make sure you have your frosting ready ahead of time. And be sure to add sprinkles! These cookies are soft, chewy and yummy!
Linda Kozar is the co-author of Babes With A Beatitude—Devotions For Smart, Savvy Women of Faith (Hardcover/eBook, Howard/Simon & Schuster 2009) and author of Misfortune Cookies (Print, Barbour Publishing 2008), Misfortune Cookies, A Tisket, A Casket, and Dead As A Doornail, (“When The Fat Ladies Sing Series,” eBooks, Spyglass Lane Mysteries, 2012). Strands of Fate released October 2012 (Hardcover/eBook, Creative Woman Mysteries). Her latest foray into indie publishing, produced Alligator Pear, (historical fiction) and her nonfiction anthology Moving Tales, Adventures in Relocation, both released in 2013. She received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award in 2007, founded and served as president of Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas ACFW chapter for three years. In 2003, she co-founded, co-directed and later served as Southwest Texas Director of Words For The Journey Christian Writers Guild.
In addition to writing Linda is Lead Host of the Gate Beautiful Radio Show, part of the Red River Network on Blog Talk Radio—interviewing Christian authors from Debut to Bestselling, airing the 3rd Thursday of every month. She and her husband Michael, married 24 years, have two lovely daughters, Katie and Lauren and a Rat Terrier princess named Patches.
Represented by: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency
Member of: CAN (Christian Authors Network), RWA (Romance Writers of American), NHRWA (North Houston Romance Writers of America), ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), Writers On The Storm, The Woodlands, Texas Chapter of ACFW, Toastmasters (Area 56) The Woodlands, Texas, The Woodlands Church, The Woodlands, TX.
Linda’s Website: http://www.lindakozar.com
Gate Beautiful Radio Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search?q=gate-beautiful
Babes With A Beatitude: http://www.babeswithabeatitude.blogspot.com
Bookish Desires: http://bookishdesires.blogspot.com
Cozy Mystery Magazine: http://cozymysterymagazine.blogspot.com