Patchwork Winter Mitten Cookies {Guest Post}

by Rachel Gurk on January 9, 2012 · 30 comments

in Cookies & Bars, Guest Post

One of my favorite things to do here on Not Rachael Ray is have people guest post. Which is kind of weird because I’m a huge control freak. Just ask my hubs. Or anyone that has ever met me.

I think having people guest post is so fun though! Here’s why:

  • I have met so many great blogger friends who are crazy talented. It should be illegal.
  • Many have different talents or styles than me, whether it be in their recipes, writing styles, or photography.
  • Many cook and bake different things than me, such as fish (doesn’t happen much around these here parts), or make gorgeous fresh-baked bread.
  • It is way less work for me. <—- Especially important when returning from trips, such as the one we just took to Northern Michigan to spend some time with my in-laws and celebrate a belated Christmas.

Today I’m very excited to introduce you to Katrina. Ring any bells? If you hadn’t already been exposed to Katrina’s amazing site, you might remember that I brought some cookies to her site back in December when she hosted “I’ll Bring the Cookies,” which was a genius idea! It’s not too late to check that out! I sang her praises back then, so I’ll just say this: Do these four things:

  1.  Check out her blog.
  2. Follow her on Twitter.
  3. Follow her on Facebook.
  4. Make these cookies. I’ve been smitten with them ever since I laid my eyes on them. Too cute for words.

Hi, I’m Katrina! I blog over at In Katrina’s Kitchen where you’ll usually find me whipping up sweets and eats (mostly sweets) for my house full of boys. I’m honored that Rachel asked me to visit with you all today. Let’s get to the sugar!

I hope you aren’t on a strict detox right now. I tried to be good. I really wanted to add some fluffy white frosting lining to the bottom of these adorable patchwork cookies but I had self-control. Feel free to add your own little frosting details to these (you can totally email me; your secret will be safe with me). 

This comes to you straight from the pages of a magazine too. I have been holding on to this Better Homes and Gardens magazine since 2001! I am not even kidding you. Now before you call the people at Hoarders and turn me in just know that I only have a handful of magazines that I have kept throughout the years. Most of them are holiday cookie editions. Shocking, I know.


I used my Best Basic Sugar Cookie recipe. I am not the cookie police (but I should be) so you can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. The concept is pretty easy. You divide up your dough into 3 or 4 sections and add some food coloring gel. Roll out your dough and use a pastry wheel to make the zig-zaggy edges. You can see my pastry wheel in action in my Homemade Cheeze-Its post. It is a fun tool to have around even if you use it for crackers and cookies instead of pie crust. Pile up the patchwork squares and cut out!




Printable Recipe Here

Ingredients:
·        1 cup of butter, softened
·        1 cup of sugar
·        1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
·        1 teaspoon of almond extract
·        1 egg
·        2 teaspoons of baking powder
·        3 cups of flour
Directions:
1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.   In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
3.   Beat in extracts and egg.
4.   In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand until smooth and workable.
5.   Divide into 3 or 4 equal batches and color with 1 drop of food coloring gel. {I put my colored dough in the refrigerator in between coloring the other batches since kneading in the color warms up the dough quite a bit} Roll out onto a floured surface and cut into patchwork pieces.
6.   Pile up the pieces so that they overlap slightly and give them a little press with your hand. Use a mitten cookie cutter; transfer to a baking sheet.
7.   Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Idea adapted from: Better Homes and Gardens, Dec. 2001

Thanks again for guest posting, Katrina! Can’t wait to try these cookies! 

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 9, 2012 at 6:53 am

These are a work of Art!! So beautiful!…You amaze me!

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2 the wicked noodle January 9, 2012 at 7:29 am

So cute!! My girls would absolutely love these. I teach a kids cooking class and this would be so great for the baking session!

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3 Christina @ This Woman Cooks! January 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

So cool! Great job!

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4 Julie @ Table for Two January 9, 2012 at 8:30 am

these are SO cool!!! Great job, katrina! off to check her out & follow her!

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5 Georganne (LilaLoa) January 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

I LOVE these! What a super fun idea! And the colors are just perfect!

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6 Rachel January 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

Aren’t they gorgeous? They’d be so fun to customize with different colors too.

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7 Nicole (Life's a Batch) January 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

Too cool, Kristina! :-D

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8 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel January 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

OMG I totally adore these! Super cute. My girls would just die over them. Such a fun guest post.

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9 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

Oh gee, how freaking cute are these!? Love them!

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10 Jennifer | Mother Thyme January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am

The pictures of your daughter are adorable! I love her reading the paper, to cute! These cookies look fabulous! Such a festive and delicious cookie for the winter. Thanks for sharing this lovely guest post! :)

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11 Mackenzie January 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

These are to die for cute. They are so cute I would hesitate to eat them, but not for long!

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12 Sue January 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

These cookies are beyond darling! Leave it to you, Katrina:)

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13 Steve @ the black peppercorn January 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

wow – these look absolutely incredible. Seriously like a work of art!

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14 Rachel January 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Aren’t they amazing? Katrina is good at what she does!

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15 Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) January 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

These look too pretty to eat! They’d be a GREAT addition to a fancy bake sale :)

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16 Lauren at Keep It Sweet January 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Love you too ladies and love these adorable and creative cookies!

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17 Deanna January 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm

So cute! I’m throwing a bridal shower soon, and I think some hearts done in this style in the wedding colors would be a huge hit.

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18 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Thank you all so much! I’m honored to be here. Rachel- I adore those pictures of your daughter!!!!

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19 Lisa January 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

So talented and creative! I’m going to have to bookmark this one! I’m goig to go check out Katrina’s site! :)

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20 amanda @ fake ginger January 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

That’s amazing! I wouldn’t be able to eat them, they’re just so pretty!

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21 Deborah January 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

These are gorgeous!

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22 Zee January 10, 2012 at 4:10 am

These look so cute! And I am surprised how easy these are to make..

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23 Becky January 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

These cookies, are so darn cute, almost to cute to eat, I said almost. Perfect for the winter weather to warm your hands with a cup of coffee:)

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24 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

These are amazing! Katrina is just so darn talented!

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25 Joan Hayes@chocolate and more January 11, 2012 at 8:18 am

Katrina, these are adorable and I’ll bet they were fun to make. Just looking at them puts a smile on my face :-)

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26 anh@anhsfoodblog.com January 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

These are the cutest cookies!!

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27 candy k January 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

how many cookies do you get out of this batch approx.? and what size was the cookie cutter? thanks , way to cute….

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28 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen January 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

Thanks so much! I made this with some other cookies so I didn’t make a full batch. This recipe normally makes about 15 cookies with my 3-4 inch cutters. It also depends on how thick you like to roll your dough. This recipe doubles very easily too. Thanks again!

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29 Rhonda January 15, 2012 at 4:12 am

Cool blog!

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