Every Christmas, cookies tend to be the centerpiece of family fun, conversation, and a whole lot of fun! We had one of our menu writers share her Christmas cookie story last year and we thought it was worth re-sharing. Please share with us what your Christmas cookie traditions are!
This Christmas, our family will be celebrating our 20th season to come together on December 23rd! You ask why the 23rd of December? It will be our mother’s 84th birthday. Twenty years prior we had just lost our dad to his battle with cancer. With the holidays just around the corner and still mourning his passing, we decided to start a new tradition. Since we were celebrating mom’s birthday, we thought it would be fun to start a new tradition… decorating cutout Christmas cookies. And so the tradition began…
So double and triple batches of cookie dough were prepared and mounds and mounds of cutout stars, snowmen, Christmas trees and bells were baked. As the flour flew around my children, the anticipation of making them was as much fun as the thought of decorating and eating them.
In the beginning, the cookies were loaded with gobs of frosting and doused with every color of sprinkles you could imagine, the higher the better. Fingers stained with food coloring and sprinkles falling to the floor (which the dog did not mind), cookies were devoured as fast as they were adorned. What once was utter chaos is now embraced with laughter and conversations of memories long ago. This year, the old familiar Christmas vinyl table cloth will be brought out and new and exciting frosting colors will appear. The “oohs” and “aahs” of the less creative will marvel at the creativity of the gifted. But after it is all said and done everyone goes home with platefuls of beautifully decorated cookies and a content heart.
Ever year, the aroma of fresh baked sugar cookies fills the house with a familiar smell of memories and anticipation of the upcoming festivities. Recipes have been tweaked and our children have grown but the tradition lives on. It is one of our favorites’ of the holiday season and one that will hopefully be passed on to generations to come. Cookies will come and go but the memories will live in our hearts forever.
OLD FASHION SUGAR COOKIES
4 c flour 1 c butter, softened
1 t baking powder 1 ½ c sugar
½ t baking soda 1 egg, lightly beaten
½ t salt ½ c sour cream
½ t nutmeg 1 t vanilla
Combine first five ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat butter, sugar and egg until fluffy. Add sour cream and vanilla. Slowly add in dry ingredients until well blended. Cover and refrigerated for a minimum of 2 hours. Divide into fourths. Work with each forth and keep other dough refrigerated. Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut. Bake in a 375° oven for 10-12 minutes on an ungreased baking sheet. Remove and let set for a couple of minutes before removing and cooling on a rack.
1 stick butter, softened
1 lb confectioners’ sugar
½ t salt, opt
1 t vanilla
Small amounts milk for consistency
Cream butter and add the rest of ingredients slowly. Divide frosting and tint with desired colors. Top with sprinkles and enjoy!!!
Susan Mook is our Aldi menu writer here at E-Mealz and has been with us since 2003. Susan is married to Roy and has 3 children.