My best friend and I celebrated a Christmas together for this first time since we both lived in the same city in college. She flew down from Portland, OR for the week and we spent our time thrift store shopping, making collages, writing,binge watching Harry Potter, cooking, and baking. She's one of the most inspiring women I know - constantly taking notes, sketching or drawing, living creatively. I'm always so appreciative of our time together because she reminds me to live more creatively - to make for the sake of making.
We broke out my mom's old Pfaff sewing machine, ancient but oh-so-trusty, and she refreshed my memory and gave me a quick primer on the machine before sending me on my way to make.
I found some old fabric in my mom's sewing box and laid them out. I was immediately drawn to one that had a cherry pie pattern across it, and thought of making an apron. Taking an apron hanging from my own kitchen, I laid it out over the fabric, as Natty had just taught me, and began to make my cuts. Two hours later I was rewarded with a perfectly adorable apron and matching oven mitt. Elated, I immediately went back to the scraps of fabric to see what else I could make - feverish with delight in my end product.
Natty found a pale blue fabric with big white tropical flowers on it and asked me to make her an apron for her. She's wearing it in the picture above. To trade, I had Nat, clad in her new apron, help me make my cinnamon banana sugar cookies so I could teach her the recipe.
This is a modified sugar cookie recipe I got while googling easy sugar cookie recipes for the holidays. I wanted something I could throw together quickly without having to refrigerate the dough ahead of time, and would have a strong enough consistency to let me cut shapes out of the dough immediately after preparing it.
What I came up with is the softest, coziest, most comforting sugar cookie I've ever delighted in. Eat fresh out of the oven and pair with a steaming hot chai tea for a indulgent treat!
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 bananas, slightly brown
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a medium bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon
In a large bowl cream sugar & butter, then add vanilla extract and 2 mushed bananas. Hand mix creamed sugar & butter with mushed bananas until smooth, then add dry ingredients and hand mix until dough is soft and well formed
Flour a surface and roll your dough out. I like to use cookie cutters to give me fun shapes for my cookies, but you can also spoon a tablespoon of the dough onto a cookie sheet to bake.
Bake for 10 minutes then let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.