Holiday Baking: Sugar Cookie Recipe

There’s something about the winter holidays that calls for fresh baked goods and sweet treats. Most likely the need to stay away from the cold. Here’s my favourite (and I must add, quickest) recipe for sugar cookies that’s been in our family for quite some time.

Nargess’ Sugar Cookie Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 
cup butter or 1 cup margarine
  • 1 
cup sugar
  • 1 
large egg
  • 1 
teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 
teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 3⁄4
cups flour



  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Mix all dry ingredients and add slowly to butter cream mixture until incorporated.
  • Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness.
  • Cutout 2-1/2″ hearts and bake at 400 degrees for 7- 10 minutes.

Should be light in color with light browning on the edges.

Yields 24 cookies.

If you don’t time to bake yourself, visit our friends at Soirette for a variety of baked goods that will satisfy your sweets cravings during the holidays (or all year, for that matter). 

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Dessert tables

While browsing the shoe department of Holts yesterday morning, I discovered the new Soirette Macarons & Tea pop-up stand. Of course I couldn’t resist & purchased a few (macaroons), even though it was only 11 am! Macarons are a sweet meringue-based confectionery made with egg whites, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder & food colouring. They have become a very popular trend for wedding desserts over the past few years. I have always been an advocate of this sweet treat. However, a few years ago, while honeymooning in Europe, I discovered the renounned Macaron shop, Ladurée, in Paris, and fell head over heels for this delicate & tasteful treat. Ladurée is world-renouned for their exquisite macarons. Since a quick macaron- trip to Paris is a bit out of reach, you can certainly enjoy a great variety of locally made macarons right here in the city. Among the best for their delicious macarons are, Thomas Haas, Theirry & Soirette.

Macarons can be displayed as a show-case tower or served individually. They are the perfect sweet for a dessert table, which is a great alternative to a large tierd cake (especially if you wish to avoid cake cutting fees). A dessert table can instead offer your guests with a variety of options for an after dinner sweet treat. Take a look at some of my favourite dessert tables, and of course a window display of my all time cherished macarons from Ladurée shop, in Paris.


Dessert tables inspired by Ladurée macarons






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