Friday, December 07, 2012

Give Me an Old Fashioned Christmas {Christmas Cookies}

After the halls are decked for Christmas, one of my most loved traditions here at home is making cookies with my girls.  With the sounds of Bing, Dean, Frank, and Perry playing in the background I love to bring out my Christmas apron, light a winter candle and slip away to a time when life was so much more simple.



I get so excited when it is time to pull out my little storage box of sprinkles, cookie cutters, the cookie press, and my favorite recipes spending several days baking for various December events.


Cookies seem so simple, but there is so much you can do with them.  From decorating to gifting cookies are a very versatile treat.  I have an uncle who would absolutely want to cancel Christmas if he did not receive a box of assorted homemade cookies from both my mom and me each year!  He LOVES them, especially traditional sugar cookies!  It must be a family trait, because my Dad threatens to disinherit me every year if I don't make his favorite cream-filled wafer!

Throughout the next several weeks I thought that I would share a few of our favorite Christmas (well anytime) treats ...... starting today with traditional sugar cookies.

This recipe is really special to me as it first belonged to my Granny who passed away when I was 8 years old, but my mother has also used this recipe my whole life.  


Ingredients:
2 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 c. confectioners sugar1/2 t. salt
1 c. butter (softened)
   Cut these cut these dry ingredients together using a pastry knife.


1 egg
1 T. milk
2 t. vanilla
   Combine these 3 ingredients together, then mix with dry ingredients.  Your dough will be very sticky.

Press into ball.  Wrap and chill a couple of hours.
 Remove from refrigerator and lightly need a little of the dough just so that you can form a ball to roll out.  Roll 1/2 of dough at a time, on a lightly floured board,  1/8 in. thick.


Cut into desired shape & arrange about 1" apart on cookie sheet (decorate if you would like using colored sugars, mini M&M's or you can even ice them after baking) and bake at 375 for 8 min.

One recipe should make 3 dozen cookies.

This pan is from TJ Maxx & it is made in the USA!  It is a great cookie pan.

Cool and serve.

Jadite dishes (personal collection), red plates (HomeGoods), Metal tractor & Firetruck (Hallmark), Reproduction Shiny Brites (Christopher Radko), Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls (from Cracker Barrel several years back)
Here's wishing you a sweet weekend filled with old fashioned fun!


Linking up to Foodie Friday and On the Menu Monday.

I leave tomorrow for Tennessee & Alabama to begin wedding week fun with my daughter!  If you don't already, follow me on Facebook for pictures & details as we decorate, cook, and get ready for this exciting day!  

Look for my holiday home tour here on the blog next week!


9 comments:

  1. Hi Jen, I can just smell the buttery vanilla scent of this cookie dough, so delicious. Love your jadite dishes and cute novelties scattered about. I want to follow your wedding on FB! xo

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  2. Oh I loved this post. What sweet memories and beautiful photos. Guess you're in the cookie baking business for a while now then. Your dishes are wonderful...I've never thought to combine jadite with anything else...looks so fine.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this special handed-down recipe at Rattlebridge Farm.The fun has all ready begin.Now can't wait to see up-dates on the wedding.

    #95 link-up
    Jo @ LoblollyLane

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  4. Oh Jen, I wish that I was half as industrious as you! I can't believe that you're back in the kitchen again already! I just know you're going to have a sweet and special time with your daughter as you prepare for her wedding. I hope everything comes off without a hitch!

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  5. Have a wonderful time with the wedding Jen! Your cookies are so cute! That was a tradition when I was growing up....making the sugar cookies. My big sister would do the baking and us little ones would do the decorating. But as a grown-up I have never been able to make cut out shaped sugar cookies. Not very good at making the dough. :) I love love love your jadeite. xo

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  6. Jennifer, these cookies pull at my heart strings and tempt my tastebuds!!! These are Christmas cookies to me!!! Have a memory- making time at the wedding! I am so so happy for you!

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  7. Your Christmas cookies look great! Can't wait to see updates on all the wedding prep!!

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  8. Oh yum! My favorite Christmas cookie and what a good idea to store your goodies like that.

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  9. Deliver these to my door by 8pm and no one will get dusted with flour. :)

    Be merry and bright!

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