12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop


For me, nothing says Christmas like cut out cookies! This is a recipe off of the Butter Flavor Crisco container. I’ve made these cookies every Christmas for as far back as I can remember. They’re now a family tradition.


Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

(yields 3 dozen cookies depending on size and shape)


2/3 cup Butter Flavor Crisco

¾ cup sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

  1. Cream Butter Flavor Crisco, sugar, mil and vanilla in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into creamed mixture. Cover & refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Roll half the dough at a time to about 1/8 inch thickness on floured surface. Cut in desired shapes. Place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar and decors (if desired) or leave plain to frost when cool.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees about 7 to 9 minutes. Cool slightly. Remove to cooling rack.

Creamy Vanilla Frosting:

Combine ½ cup Butter Flavor Crisco, 1 pound (4 cups) confectioners sugar, 1/3 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla in medium bowl at low speed of electric mixer until well blended. Scrape bowl. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy. Frost cooled cookies.

I like to scoop the frosting into small dishes & add food coloring so I have different colors to frost!

My Soul Has Been Sold is a poem inspired by Allison’s journey in The Descendant Vampire Series:

There has to be more


This can’t be it

My calling I yearn

But I can’t find it


I’ve tried to search

My efforts in vain                

Yet something in me

Propels this game


Consumed by my mission

Forgot what’s important                

Never realized

My calling could be so potent


Truth sets you free

Or so they all say

The reality for me

Is end of mortal day


The Devil’s creation

That’s what I am

To eternally damn you

I assure you I can


I must show restraint

To be saved in the end        

But must prove my worth

Few damned souls I send


Watch what you wish for

I should’ve been told

I now know my calling

My soul has been sold


Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like a vampire book! The Descendant is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in most ebook formats. Visit the store on my website at http://www.KelleyGrealis.com.



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