Growing up, making Christmas cookies was always a day long ordeal resulting in the kitchen being covered in flour, icing, and sprinkles, and at the end of the day, the most delicious Christmas cookies I had ever tasted. As I have gotten older, the process has become more stream lined, and the cookie decorating has become more immaculate, but as always the cookies are delicious and my sister, Mom and I sit down in the kitchen for the better part of an afternoon and slave over making these cookies. This year some friends and I made these for part favors for a wedding shower we are hosting this afternoon (more on this later!) using wedding themed cookie cutters and white icing and sugar, and they turned out great! My room mates also have started an epic Holiday baking extravaganza in order to make it through finals next week. So, in the spirit of giving, and because baking seems to be overtaking my life, I am going to share our delicious family recipe with you in hopes that you can start a tradition with your family that has been as awesome as ours.
1 1/4 cup of sugar
1 cup of butter flavored Crisco
1/4 cup of light corn syrup
1 TBSP of Vanilla ( or more, I like lots of vanilla!)
3 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1. preheat oven to 375
2. Combine sugar and crisco in a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer on medium speed until well blended. Then add eggs, syrup, and vanilla, and mix again.
3. Combine the remaining dry ingredients and slowly mix them into the blended mixture, mixing at slow speed. Mix until well blended and then divide into quarters and refrigerated for 1 hour.
4. Flatten dough and roll to 1/4 in. thick, then cut cookies. (usually makes between 24 and 36 cookies, depending on the size of the cookie cutters used.)
5.Bake for 5-9 minutes
6. Ice the cookies (Recipe below!)
- Mix 1 1/4 cup of powdered sugar with 2 TBSP of milk and 1 tsp of vanilla and mix until it creates a semi fluid icing! Add food coloring as desired, this mixture usually makes about 1/2 a cup of icing.
This is an easy recipe, don’t skimp on any of the ingredients or the texture and flavor just aren’t quite right, and you can tell (says the voice of experience!). I hope this recipe brings lots of warm holiday deliciousness to you and yours!