“We are in a rebuilding year’…….Yes we definitely are!!! BUT we had a very strong recruiting class that will hopefully lead to a very tough team in the next few years to follow. I really sound like I know what I’m talking about don’t I? Well, I’m not totally oblivious to the team, the game or the fundamentals of football, but I don’t claim to know much.
I do; however, love to watch football and I really enjoy football-inspired foods. My family recently lost our Nana and while we are elated she is having a “grand-ole time” up in Heaven with our Granddaddy and all her peeps, we definitely mourn her loss here on earth. For that reason, I haven’t had much desire to sit down and write. It’s not that I’m too sad to write about her, it’s just more of a writer’s block. When you lose a loved one or things shift gears in your life, mundane daily tasks are easy to muddle through, but the ones that take time and concentration and thought just don’t come quite as easy as they normally do. So, I apologize for the lack of posts over the last few weeks, but I found my groove once again and I am glad to be back.
So, if you are wondering what this football cookie post and my Nana possibly have to do with one another, I will tell you! After sitting for days in stiff chairs in the hospital, eating so-so cafeteria food, quite a bit of crying, and a lot of stress of getting her to Hospice to pass on peacefully, I headed to the hospital gift shop to pick up some Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or anything that would relieve my killer headache. Through the sea of stuffed animals, Mylar balloons and magnets, I spotted my favorite Ann Clark cookie cutters on a table. I have used these cookie cutters for years. They are BIG and I love big, giant cookie cutters. So, that day I picked up two Tylenol Extra Strength packets, two packets of Motrin, and in true “rummager” form, a football cookie cutter. If Nana had been awake when I got back to her room with my purchase, she would have laughed and said “Amanda, you just kill me.” And even though she hated football, I would have totally made her football cookies and we could have eaten them while watching the Golden Girls. Go Big Orange!!!
I now have to stand in line for my turn to take pictures. Not sure how that happened, but he gets first shot these days!
This little Vol was ready for a cookie after all that photography work. He sure loved our Nana and saw her out of this life with his very innocent and Nana humor appropriate observation that “Nana’s box is going down the hatch” and we could hear her cackling all the way from heaven.
We love you and we miss you, our sweet, funny, adorable Nana!!! Thank you for being a friend!!
- 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter, unsalted
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup Hershey's Natural Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Icing for Cookies Recipe
- Cream butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until smooth, about 5 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth on low speed.
- Whisk together all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add dry ingredients slowly to mixer. Mix until smooth and blended scraping down the sides as needed.
- Divide dough into two 6 inch circles. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Remove dough from refrigerator about 10 minutes before rolling out for cookies.
- On a floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut cookies into desired shape and place on a baking sheet or Silpat and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees F.
- Ice cookies as desired using this recipe
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