Eat Cookies for CHD Awareness Week

Hi, Everyone!  I’m not sure what the appropriate salutation is during CHD Awareness Week…Happy CHD Week?…Merry Awareness Week?…Froliche Herz?…L’Chaim?

L’Chaim it is!  Which–if you’ve seen Fiddler on the Roof as many times as I have–you know means “to life!”  And promoting life is really what Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week is all about.

Tricky foreign language salutations aside, I do want to welcome anyone who has stopped by to visit my little piece of Holland, thanks to shout outs from Cassity of Remodelaholic, Casey of Casey Leigh and Courtney of C. Jane, Enjoy It.  You ladies are awesome-and-then-some for taking time out of your busy lives to help spread the word about The Faces of CHD Pinterest Awareness Challenge.

The board is really growing!  We topped 1000 followers today, and there are almost 200 faces represented on the board.  Thanks to everyone who has shown their interest and support by repinning these brave children and adults!  It’s very exciting to think about how many people are viewing all of those pins, and learning more about CHDs than they ever knew.

And now, as a special treat, I will share with you my {no-longer-super-secret} recipe for sugar cookies.  It’s so very necessary for all the upcoming heart celebrations, Valentine’s Day included.

1-1/2 cups butter, softened

2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt


In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in the flour, baking powder, and alt.  Cover and chill dough for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out dough on floured surface (1/4-1/2 inch thick).  Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter.  Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment covered cookie sheets.  (How do you like my invisible parchment paper, shown below?)

Bake 6-8 minutes (no longer!) in preheated oven.  Cool completely before frosting, if desired.  This recipe makes 48-60 cookies…depending on how big your cookies are….and how much of the dough you “taste” (for quality control purposes).



  1. Yay to 1000 followers on the board!! Woo hoo!!! I checked it this morning and we were getting close. Great job!!

    I would love to try your sugar cookie recipe. I have a pretty good one too but yours looks pretty yummy as well!

  2. yummy, those cookies look delicious! :-)

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