Sunday, December 21, 2014


The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints better known as the Mormon Church was founded in the town I live in.  The first picture is of their church and the second their sign in front of the church.  The third and fourth pictures are of their Temple and sign.  Trees were in the way so it is hard to take pictures of.  Fifth picture is of Joseph Smith's home, the founder of the church.  The last picture is the building in which the first Book of Mormon was printed.


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups chocolate-hazelnut spread, divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
Decors or decorating sugar

Beat butter, 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl with mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add egg and almond extract, beat until well blended.  Combine flour, salt and baking powder; gradually add to butter mixture, beating after each addition.  Divide dough into four pieces shape each piece into 7-inch log.  Wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or until firm.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.  Cut dough into 3/8 inch thick slices; place 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.  Poke four holes in each slice with toothpick or straw.

Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are set.  Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute; remove to wire racks to cook completely.

Spread 1 teaspoon chocolate-hazelnut spread on flat sides of half of cookies; top with remaining cookies.  Roll sides of sandwich cookies in decors.


Tom said...

I send my warmest Christmas greetings to you. Tom The Backroads Traveller

New York State Of Mind said...

My warmest Christmas greetings to you and your family.


Willow's Quiet Corner said...

Those cookies look like they should be very delicious! I'll have to give them a try!

That last picture looks like a scene from a movie! I half expect Tiny Tim or George Bailey to walk through the scene!

Looks like you are going to have a White Christmas, Marilyn! Stay safe and warm! :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures!
Carol in SC

Carol Edwards said...

OOPS, forgot to add, the cookie recipe looks good. My 10 year old grandson loves Nutella so I need to bake these! Please thank Jean and ya'll stay warm! Carol in SC

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Everyone,

Glad you liked the pictures and the cookie recipe. Jean said the cookie recipe was like whoopie pies.

Not sure if we will have snow or not, now. Will be careful if we have it.

Went out to take pictures. Got a beautiful picture of a buggy in a driveway and darn if the batteries weren't dead in the camera. I wonder if it isn't the cold, but the car was heated. Stopped by some friends house on the way home and they gave me my Christmas present a little early. A new battery charger.


New York State Of Mind said...

WOW !!!! Does that new battery charger work. They got me some new batteries for it, too. The new charger charges batteries fast. My old one took me all day to charge them. The old one was about 8 years old, so I guess it is time I got a new one. So glad that is what my friends bought me for Christmas.


Anonymous said...

Hi Marilyn, what a wonderful gift from your friends! I'm sure your tickled pink!
Jean's cookie recipe sounds good again. Everything does! Thanks, Jean.
A Blessed Christmas to all. Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Carol,
I Think it is a wonderful gift from them, too. They were going to wait until Christmas Day until they heard me say that I was going to buy a new one today. Now those batteries charge fast. Also glad you like Jean's recipes. I will see she gets your message.

A Blessed Christmas to you and yours,

dynnamae n said...

Hi Marilyn. Glad you got a new battery charger. Your photos are great and I loved Sat. farm too. Jean's cookies sound like something I will have to try. Love Nutella so I am sure those cookies would be great. Merry Christmas to you and Pierre. Also to Jean,David and family. Marilyn, Joseph and family, Elmer and Anna. May God bless you all.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi dynnamae n,

I am so glad I got the new battery charger, too. It was do kind of them. Also glad you liked the pictures and recipe. Merry Christmas to you from everyone on here.

May God Bless you and your family,