Flipping through a magazine and a tradition was born!
In our family, growing up we had a tradition of making Christmas cookies… I know, EVERYONE makes Christmas cookies, but ours had to include this one recipe, that is out of this world AND creates a cookie that gets rave reviews from every single person. Perhaps it’s the artistic decoration, but these puppies taste as good as they look! I figured this would be a recipe handed down over generations, but it wasn’t! It came out of a magazine, Good Housekeeping I’m thinking, in the early 60’s. I guess my parents saw the recipe, tried it, thought it was darn good and kept it as a tradition every year since. ONE year it almost didn’t get made (*GASP*), everyone was busy, life got in the way… my sister had a fit yelling IT’S TRADITION!!!! So, with that being said guess what we did? Made Christmas cookies! There are many different Christmas cookie recipes, but this one will always be THE cookie with special memories to last a lifetime!
CHRISTMAS BUTTER COOKIES
Sift 2 3/4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
In mixer bowl add 3/4 cup soft butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Beat until fluffy and light. Slowly beat in flour mixture. CHILL ONE HOUR.
Flour your work surface and roll out dough. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. YIELD: 4 dozen
Mix 1/4 cup butter, 4 cups (1 box) confectioner’s sugar, 1/4 cup scalded cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Blend until smooth. Scoop into separate bowls and add food coloring (hint: yellow and blue mixed makes an awesome ‘grinch’ green). Scoop colored frosting into Ziplock bag (I use freezer) and snip a little off the corner. Squeeze onto cookie to decorate!
Hope you all have your merry traditions! Until next time…