We have a tradition in my family that I have mentioned a few times. Each holiday we bake sugar cut out cookies, made from scratch. We have cookie cutters for every holiday. Rolling out the dough and eating little schnitzels, as my mom and great grandmother called them, brings joy to my daughters and I. Decorating the cookies after is also a great time. Imagine bright colored frostings, sprinkles galore, and sugar overload and you have our fondest holiday baking memory. Today I thought I would share our family recipe with you.
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup salted butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
frosting (homemade or store bought)
Sprinkles and other decorations of your choice
Preheat your oven to 325.
In a mixing bowl combine the salt and flour with a whisk.
In a larger mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat well until mixed. Add the flour/salt mixture. Blend on low speed until combined, being careful not to overtax.
For the dough into a ball. Flatten the dough into a disk and place in a sealed bag or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
On a floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a quarter inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes/ Place cut outs on an engrossed cookie sheet.
Bake for 13-15 min. Immediately transfer cookies to a cool, flat surface.
There you have it…..our family’s sugar cookie recipe.
Last year my youngest daughter had a cookie baking party. She and her friends made the cut out cookies and decorated them. She wanted to do the same thing this year. Six tween girls gathered at our home for some cookies and fun.
I have come to think of using cookie cutters as a science. It’s like a puzzle trying to get as many cookies as you can out of each piece of rolled out dough.
This cookie cutter never fails to remind me of my great grandmother. I love that the holidays bring so many memories of loved ones to mind.
Today I am linking up with Emily from Ember Grey for Grateful Heart Monday. I am grateful for my daughters that carry on these long standing traditions, no matter how old they are. I am grateful for the little things, like cookie cutters and schnitzels, that make me stop and think fondly of my great grandmother. I am grateful for this time of year that brings families closer together.
What are you grateful for today?