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As I sit here on this unseasonably warm February day, my mind begins to wander to warm spring days with it’s brand new flowers and God’s little creatures which seem to “spring” to life.

I have 2 sweet little friends who will be coming to visit tomorrow.  J and C are our pastor’s sons and I was blessed to have them stay overnight last week when their furnace quit working.  J loves butterflies and I promised him we would get together soon to decorate butterfly shaped sugar cookies. 

So not only am I enjoying this warm weather ( I actually have my windows open), but also get to enjoy the sweet smell of sugar cookies baking!! 

It took me quiet a while to find a sugar cookie recipe that I am really happy with.  Being a sugar cookie connoisseur, nothing but a soft, lightly browned, buttery sugar cookie will do!  After becoming an innkeeper, I actually ran across this recipe from Pillsbury and it is a real keeper! 

Rolled Sugar Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine ( sometimes I use one stick of each)
3 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix together the sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, and egg until well blended.  Stir in baking powder,salt, and flour until mixed.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees,  Roll 1/3 of the dough out at a time on lightly floured surface. Cut with floured cookie cutters, 1/4 ish inch thick, place 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet ( I use parchment paper or my silpat)

Bake 5-9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. ( I usually set the timer for  4 minutes, open the oven and rotate my pan, then cook the additional time-  you may have to adjust for your own oven.)  Immediately remove from pan onto wire racks for cooling.  Make sure your cookie sheet is not too warm before placing your next batch on the sheet.  A warm cookie sheet will cause your cookies to spread too quickly and not cook evenly.

Use your favorite glaze or frosting, or just eat them plain!!
J has such a love for butterflies….it reminds me of our transformation as we come to know Jesus and how he changes our lives…
2 Corinthians 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!! 
If anyone can tell you the process of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly it is my friend J. 
Oh, he wants to make caterpillar cookies too.. I have an idea so maybe I’ll post that next time!
I also think I’ll freeze a few of these cookies because by next week this warm weather will be gone and some new snowy cold February weather will have come.  Hot cocoa and a sugar cookie, now that’s a great idea!!


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