Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Family Traditions! {Recipe}

      It's hard to believe but the day I've been preparing and planning for since March is here!! I start  shopping early usually March or April, picking up gifts and placing them in my gift closet in preparation for today!   My school work this fall kept me extremely busy but I was able to finish up my shopping a few days early.   This gave me plenty of time to make our families recipe for home made sugar cookies!! 

    Wrapping presents was a different story! It took me two different days while the kids were at school and almost 10 hours to get all of our gifts wrapped!  I came up with a great idea this year. Instead of the kids coming in my bedroom at the crack of dawn,  Santa decided he would build a wall of presents preventing the kids from getting out of their hallway to come to my room.   Mr. Green thought the kids would bust through the wall of gifts. I wasn't really sure exactly what they would do! Much to our surprise they stood in the hall on the other side with their mouths hanging open! It was hilarious!!  I hope you had a relaxing day with your loved ones.  Tis' the reason for the season! 

I'm a little late... but want to share with you my grandma's recipe! 

Christmas Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter                3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cup sugar           2 teaspoon cream of tarter
3 eggs                        1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla       1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in the right column then gradually incorporate all dry ingredients.  Refrigerate dough overnight.

The dough will be thick and hard this will make it easy to roll out! You can use any size or shape cookie cutters. If you don't have any use an inverted glass or the lid from a jar!

This rolling pin has been utilized to produce many batches of cookies and pies all made with love! It was my grandma's and has been passed down through generations. 

Once you have your cut outs on a tray bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes!

Frosting Recipe

1/3 cup butter ~ room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons milk

Mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a bowl. Then slowly one tablespoon at a time add in the milk until your frosting has reached a desired consistency.  Select food coloring to make different colored frosting and decorate with colored sugar crystals and sprinkles!

      We made snowmen! The kids look forward to our family baking day each year! They are always willing taste testers! I normally shy away from artificially colored foods but haven't found an alternative when it comes to our Christmas cookies.   Do you bake for Christmas? What is your favorite Christmas desserts?

       Keep in mind this recipe can also be used to make heart shaped cookies frosted in pink or red frosting for Valentine's day or many other shaped cookies for other holidays!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from my family to yours!


  1. your present wall idea is sooooo funny!

  2. Merry Christmas!! I love the present wall! My uncle would lock his kids in their rooms so they couldn't get up and look before he was ready! LOL!

    Your sugar cookies look amazing!

    1. Merry Christmas to you as well!! Your uncle sounds like some one I know lol!! The cookies are so tasty I have to pace myself or I will eat to many and get a belly ache!

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  4. Holy cow! That is quite a wall of presents!!!! I can't wait to make your cookie recipe with my kids!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I'm using your sugar cookie idea for New Year's. My kids have been wanting to decorate cookies and I now have the downtime to do it.

  6. OMG I so need to start shopping in March my kids would absolutely loose there mind if they woke up to all of that...I still owe my kids some cookies I will be trying these out this weekend.