The recipe for sugar cookies that I am sharing today is the one my mom has always used. We never did anything fancy with frosting. In fact, the first time I ever used an icing bag was when Jacob was in kindergarten at Sully Christian School (18 years ago) and mothers helped decorate cookies for a cookie walk. That was the year we began our family tradition of frosting Christmas cookies. Each year we add a few more cookies.
Jacob began his baking experience at an early age with Grandma B. (I think they tried to do the majority when Emily was napping!)
We make sugar cookies throughout the year; however not as many as we make at Christmas time!
MARY’S SUGAR COOKIES
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine (I usually use a stick of each or all butter.)
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. almond
2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Mix sugar and butter. Add egg and flavorings; mix thoroughly. Stir dry ingredients together and blend in. Refrigerate at least 2 to 3 hours.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Divide dough in half and roll out on lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters.
Place on baking sheet. Bake 7 to 8 minutes depending on thickness.
Cool on wire racks.
(This recipe is from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book. It is the one my mom has always used.)
Our frosting recipe comes from Kevin’s mom.
Beat one stick of butter (room temp.), one cup of solid Crisco, ½ bag of powdered sugar and ½ cup of hot water. Then add remaining bag of powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. almond, and 1 tsp. butter flavorings.
We usually make our Christmas cookies at the beginning of December and freeze them in a large container after letting them dry overnight. I layer them with a variety in each layer; then we just remove a layer at time to put on a cookie tray and we are ready for Christmas gatherings!
I could not add a post without one farm picture! It is another rainy miserable day! Just plain gross outside! So thankful that our calves are inside! It makes chores much more pleasant!
Hope you are all ready for Christmas! I need to complete a few more tasks so I better keep moving!
Do you have any favorite Christmas recipes?