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

·        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
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!