Sunday, December 11, 2011

For As Long As I Can Remember.

Baking sugar cookies has been a part of my Christmas celebration for as long as I can remember. My five brothers and I did it with our Mom when we were little and I have carried on the tradition with my three children, now 27, 24 and 21.  I don't know that the kids loved doing it as much as I did, but carrying on the tradition was important to me. I wanted to bring something of my mom to my children since they never knew her.
My collection of cookie cutters began with those I inherited from Mom. Over the years the collection has grown. I have the classic holiday shapes, but I have also collected those that mean something significant to our family. We have a guitar and a music note for my sons, one that looks like my beloved dog and a Texas shape for my family of Texans. It seems that we all have our favorites. We gravitate toward those every year. The cutter that looks like my vintage Volkswagen  makes a perfect size cookie. It's also a fun one to decorate.

Santa gets sugar cookies on Christmas Eve. It is usually up to me to take the one bite out of the cookie. I'm lactose intolerant so I refuse to drink the milk.
The cookies in the picture above are from two years ago. As I was baking it began to snow. Something not seen in Arlington,Texas in many years. I grew up in New York and have missed having a white Christmas.

The cookies were baking, the Christmas music was playing and it was snowing!! A dream come true.

Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 cup sugar
1cup salted sweet cream butter
 1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
3 cups flour
1tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Gradually add the dry ingredients. Divide dough into two ball and wrap in waxed paper. Chill for a few hours. Roll out on a floured dish towel and cut with your favorite cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees  for about 11minutes or until lightly brown. Use your favorite butter cream or other frosting and sprinkles to decorate. This recipe is from my ancient Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I only use butter and I bake at a lower heat than they suggest. 




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