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From Mrs. Sundberg's Kitchen: If I were one to hoard recipes, I'd lock this one away. It's my mother's recipe, and perhaps the best homemade cookie on the planet. Please consider it my gift to you, along with my wish for both adventure and tranquility to find you time and again in this New Year.

Merry Christmas Cut-outs
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Chill dough for 3 hours or so. Roll out, as thin or thick as you wish; cut with festive cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 375 degrees for ten minutes. Frost with powdered sugar frosting. Recipe doubles easily. (I often substitute almond extract for the vanilla.)

Powdered Sugar Frosting: Add about 1 tbsp. melted butter, 1/4 cup warm milk and a dribble or two of almond extract to a bowl of powdered sugar, stir, and keep adding milk until it feels right.

Old Sweet Songs: A Prairie Home Companion 1974-1976

Old Sweet Songs

Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).

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