Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

“Christmas is not only getting too commercial, it’s getting too dangerous.” -Linus

Making sugar cookies is a set family tradition for us.  I have changed things up a lot over the years, but we always do sugar cookies-always.  Growing up, and still today, my mom was and is known for her sugar cookies.  It was in her kitchen that I learned how to make the dough, roll it out and use cutters to form various shapes that beg for decoration.  It is a treasured memory of mine, and something I have been easing into with my kids for several years.  So far they have mainly just frosted the cookies, but this year they joined me in the kitchen for the cutting part and one of them took to it;).

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 A was all about it, she was disappointed when we ran out of dough.

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S not so much.  She cut a few and then got annoyed that we had to mash up the dough and roll it out again. 🙂 She is 6, so that’s about what I was expecting.

They both enjoyed the frosting though.

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So, here’s the recipe if you’re interested:

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{The tripe batch recipe is on Mosaic of Moms.  Click here for that.}

Instructions:

Mix thoroughly: shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla

In separate bowl mix dry ingredients

Blend dry ingredients into the wet gradually. (You may have to stop using the mixer at some point and use your hands.)

Cover

Chill for at least an hour

Roll out with rolling-pin and use cookie cutters of your choice.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.  (The baking time will vary depending on the size of the cookies.)

Frosting:

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All I do for the frosting is mix powdered sugar and milk.  You will need A LOT of powdered sugar and a little bit of milk.  Start with 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1 TBS of milk.  Use a fork to mix well.  Once all the powdered sugar is dissolved you can decide if you need to add more of either.  You want it to be thick enough to not run off the fork when you hold it upside down, but not so thick that it won’t spread easily.

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Once you have the right consistency you can add food coloring if you want.  I actually don’t add food coloring when my kids are frosting the cookies.  I mix the sprinkles into the frosting instead of putting them on top.  After spending a lot of time cleaning up sprinkles I finally realized this was the way to go!

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 Frosting cookies has never been my favorite thing to do, so I’m glad my kids enjoy it so much.  They just taste better when they frost them. 🙂

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I always call the ones that my little S frosts-they have an insane amount of frosting on them!

I love carrying on a tradition that my mom started with me.  It makes me smile to think that one day my kids my to this with their own kids.  What are some of your traditions?  Are they ones you were taught or new ones you have started with your own little family?

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Blessings and Merry Christmas!

Gretchen

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