Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Holiday Baking with Land O Lakes "Eggstraordinary" Eggs

The Holidays are fast approaching and that means baking all kinds of goodies for your family. Whether you're having Thanksgiving dinner at home or at a relatives house it's always nice to share some yummy cookies or a delicious pumpkin pie with loved ones. This year you should try baking those yummy treats with Land O Lakes "eggstraordinary" eggs.

LAND O LAKES® Eggs are backed by more than 90 years of experience in delivering premium, quality dairy foods that families can trust. All LAND O LAKES® Eggs are “eggstraordinary,” because they are produced by hens fed a premium vegetarian whole grain diet consisting primarily of whole ground corn and soybean meal, with no added hormones, antibiotics, animal fats or animal by-products. These eggs are gathered at the peak of the hens’ egg-laying cycles, which can make the eggs more delicious.

So much holiday baking involves eggs. Below is one of my favorite recipes using Land O Lakes all-natural eggs. These cookies are super easy to make and taste delicious. When making these cookies don't forget to let the little one's help out by cutting out the shapes and putting on the frosting and sprinkles!

Best Ever Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup Land O Lakes Butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 Land O Lakes All-Natural Egg
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:
Combine 1 cup butter, sugar and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add orange juice and vanilla; mix well. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking powder. Beat until well mixed.

Divide dough into thirds. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; flatten slightly. Refrigerate until firm (2 to 3 hours).

Heat oven to 400°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 3-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

To make the frosting: Combine 3 cups powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Tint with food color, if desired. Frost and decorate cooled cookies as desired.

Learn more about how to use Land O Lakes Eggs in a variety of recipes at www.LandoLakes.com or on Facebook and Twitter.


Disclaimer: The generous folks at Land O Lakes provided me with a premium gift package that includes an All-Clad Omelet Skillet, a $50 VISA gift card and a full-value coupon for any variety of Land O Lakes Eggs for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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