• Jackie Downs

Friends Holiday Dinner

The holiday season is such a magical time. I love getting to spend time with those you love. We got to get together with some of our best friends to make dinner and spend quality time together which we rarely get to do anymore!

So the three girls planned out a pizza night with decorating sugar cookies for dessert. We divvied up what each couple was responsible for providing and got together on a cold, rainy night. We made our own individual pizzas, with everyone trying to be a professional chef in an Italian restaurant *so much dough being thrown in the air*. It was a lot of fun making individual pizzas that we could make our own! Finally, all the pizzas and garlic knots were put in the oven!

Give me all the cheese!

The pizza was super simple. We used dough from Trader Joe's *because we are obsessed with everything from there*, various cheeses, pesto, bbq and regular sauce, pepperoni, sausage, chicken, and a variety of veggies. There was something for everyone's pizza tastes. We had some extra dough so we decided to make some garlic knots.

-melted stick of butter

-6 cloves of garlic

-spoonful of pesto.

Cover the dough, roll it like a cinnamon roll, cut into pieces and bake. :)

Alllll the toppings

My handsome hubby decorating his cookie

After we were done with dinner, we moved onto our cookie decorating! The part of the night I was most excited about! I made the cookies the night before so I didn't need to worry about it after work. Here is the recipe I found on Pinterest from In Katrina's Kitchen.


-1 Cup unsalted butter

-1 Cup granulated white sugar

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1/2 teaspoon almond extract

-1 egg-

2 teaspoons baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-3 cups all purpose flour


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth, at least 3 minutes

3. Beat in extracts and eggs

4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder and salt  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.

5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).

6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

That's it! So easy and so good! We want to thank Betty Crocker for providing all of our decorating supplies. They have wonderful frosting and sprinkle options!

*Thanks Betty Crocker*

What a joy it is to spend time with friends! Looking forward to more years together as we make this a tradition!

The Downs family really gets into cookie decorating
Our finished products :)


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