Seasons greetings from your newest Paxton Group team member! I joined The Paxton Group in November and have really enjoyed my time with team. I chose to do this months blog because it’s the Holidays and Christmas is my most favorite Holiday! I love spending time with family and friends and doing all of the fun gift exchange games! But one of the best parts of the season is all of the wonderful delicious food! So, I thought I would share a couple of my go to recipes that I always make during the Christmas season.
First up is my sausage and cheese balls. These delicious appetizers are always the first to go and they are so easy to make! Just follow the recipe below and you’ll be receiving compliments all night!
- 1 pound mild Cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 pound ground pork sausage
- 2 cups biscuit baking mix
- 1/4 cup milk (if needed)
- Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
- In a large bowl, combine the ground sausage, biscuit baking mix and shredded cheese.
- Form into 24 golf ball sized balls and place on baking sheets.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and the sausage is cooked through entirely.
Next up are my famous sugar cookies with home made frosting . These are fun to make with the family and who cares if you get a little messy? That’s part of the fun!
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl and use an electric hand mixer) and beat until creamy and well-combined.
- Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until completely combined.
- In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Gradually add dry ingredients into wet until completely combined.
- Lay out a large piece of plastic wrap and transfer approximately half of the dough onto the wrap (dough will be quite sticky at this point, that’s OK!).
- Cover with clear wrap and mold into a disk. Repeat with remaining cookie dough in another piece of cling wrap. Transfer dough to refrigerator and chill for at least 2-3 hours3
- Once dough has finished chilling, preheat oven to 350F
- Generously dust a clean surface with flour and deposit one chilled cookie dough disk onto the surface. Lightly flour the dough and roll out to 1/8″ (for thinner, crispier cookies) or 1/4″ (for thicker, softer cookies). Continue to add flour as needed both on top of and beneath the dough so that it doesn’t stick.
- Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and use a spatula to transfer shapes to prepared baking sheet.4
- Bake on 350F for 9-10 minutes, or until edges just begin to turn lightly golden brown.
- Allow cookies to cool completely on cookie sheet before moving and frosting.
Sugar Cookie Frosting
- 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 3-4 Tablespoons milk
- 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Gel food coloring optional
- Additional candies and sprinkles for decorating optional
- Combine sugar, 2 Tablespoons of milk, corn syrup, and vanilla extract in a medium-sized bowl and stir until combined. If frosting is too thick, add more milk, about a teaspoon at a time, until the frosting is thick but pipeable. If you accidentally add too much milk, add powdered sugar until desired texture is reached.
- If coloring the frosting, divide into bowls and color as desired at this point.
- Transfer frosting to a piping bag with a piping tip or place in a Ziploc bag and snip a small piece of the corner off (not as neat, but this will still work, just take care that the frosting isn’t so thick that it breaks open the seam of the bag when you are squeezing).
- Pipe frosting on cookies and decorate with decorative candies, if desired.
- Allow frosting to harden before enjoying (this took several hours for me and may vary for you depending on the consistency of your frosting)
- Keep uneaten cookies sealed in an airtight container at room temperature.
I hope you enjoy these recipes! What are some of your favorite holidays recipes? Share them in the comments below! And from all of us at The Paxton Group, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!