Wednesday, November 07, 2007

All I want for Christmas...

I love to bake. With the holiday's getting closer, I'm sure I will be baking a lot more. One thing I love to make is sugar cookies, with butter cream frosting. The frosting recipe is one that came from someone in my family and it's always a favorite. Besides tasting great, my little baker loves to help me decorate the cookies. I remember making cookies with my mom when I was little, and I love that I'm creating the same memory for Amelia.

The only negative about my frosting recipe is it takes a lot of mixing with the hand mixer. I usually mix it for at least 20 minutes. My arm is so tired by the time I'm done.

Something that would really help make this recipe a little easier, is the Hamilton Beach® Mixer. The eclectrics™ All-Metal Stand Mixer has 12 settings and a 4.5 qt stainless steel locking bowl with handle. It's also quieter than it's leading competitor(a major plus when you have babies napping while you are baking!)

Maybe I'll get lucky this year and Santa will bring me a new Eclectrics® Mixer for Christmas. I especially like the apple green one. And if Santa were to buy me one of the Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixers in the month of November, it comes with free shipping!

Oh and here's the recipe for Grandma's butter cream frosting.

1 egg white
3/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 cup soft butter,
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat the milk on the stove top until it boils, then let cool to room temperature.
In a bowl beat the egg white until it's stiff. Add the sugar butter and vanilla. Mix until it's all well blended. Add the cooled milk, and mix on high for another 15-20 minutes. Store in the refrigerator.