Classic Sugar CookiesPosted: December 23, 2013 | |
My family has lots of traditions. We love traditions because they make things meaningful and special. Things like eating fondu on Christmas Eve, celebrating Advent, and sharing things we love about each other while opening gifts are treasures to our family. As we’ve become adults, these traditions have helped us enjoy the magic of the season. In a way, traditions link together memories year after year, adding new experiences, creating new traditions and cherishing the old ones.
My mom’s Christmas cookies are a must-have tradition in our family. They are absolutely fabulous and so fun to decorate! You may have noticed that I rarely post baked goods here because I’m not a huge baker, but these cookies are so simple and so delicious. They’re my mom’s classic recipe from her Betty Crocker recipe book. Tried and true. I hope you try them!
Merry Christmas, friends!
Classic Sugar Cookies
Adapted from Betty Crocker
makes about 4 dozen cookies, depending on size*
For the cookies:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Mix powdered sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Preheat oven to 375. If you just want round cookies, as pictures, take a spoonful of dough, roll it then flatten it. If you want to make shapes with your cookies, refrigerate dough, covered, for at least one hour. Roll it out flat, then use cookie cutters to shape. *My husband likes them thick and fluffy, I like them thin and crisp. If you’re making them larger, add about 1 minute to baking time.
Place cookies in a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes and until the edges are brown. Allow to cool. Decorate with icing and sprinkles.
Mix one cup of powdered sugar with 1/4 cup milk. Add more milk until desired consistent is reached. Similar to the texture of honey. Ice cookies and immediately add sprinkles so they will stick.