Friday Feast: Christmas Cookies


Nothing says the season of joy is here like spending time in the kitchen with family.  Last week I took on a Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie playdate.  While the girls amused themselves with coloring, I whipped up my grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe.

Usually the dough needs to be refrigerated for six hours to get the best consistency, but since I had antsy preschoolers on my hands, I popped the 1/3 of the dough in the freezer (the other two packs got stored in the fridge to be brought out at a future date).

Once the dough was chilled, we floured some work surfaces and got out the cookie cutters.  The key is to keep all your materials floured, but not to go overboard. The extra dough packets I made last about two weeks stored in ziploc baggies.

Ingredients
4 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter (room temp)
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond flavoring
3 eggs (room temp)

Directions
Cream butter, sugar and eggs together until you get a smooth texture.  Add remaining ingredients (EXCEPT FLOUR!). Slowly mix in flour.

Use your electric mixer as long as possible (note, I’d love to get a kitchen aid stand mixer to make this easier!).  Divide dough into 3-4 packets and chill in refrigerator for at least 6 hours.

When ready to make cookies, remove one packet and with a rolling pin spread out dough to desired thickness (we like them thin). Cut with cookie cutters and then bake at 350 for 7 minutes.  Enjoy!

I will say the kitchen always get destroyed in this process because I love to get the little kids involved, but it is priceless to see their creations. My theme for the holidays this year–embrace the chaos!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04748214436151145967 Kari

    Your cookies look so festive! I bet it is fun helping the kids make cookies. I can't wait until my son gets older and I can do some fun projects like that with him.

  • http://www.21stcenturyhousewife.com April@The 21st Century Housewife

    Baking cookies with kids is so much fun – I have great memories of baking with my son, and the best thing is he still enjoys baking and cooking even now he is nearly 17! Embracing the chaos is definitely the way to go :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10699626979106427874 Kristin

    That is my kinda play date! I can't wait to see what the dude gets into when we do our baking this weekend. : )

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12130531509965554889 Nicole Feliciano

    Wow I am so glad the other moms out there don't mind a little mess. It's worth if for the memories!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10014244331752838359 Live.Love.Eat

    My kitchen gets destroyed in EVERY process it seems. Embrace the chaos, I am remembering that for sure, especially as I host Christmas dinner!!!!

    Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11853272864310545942 Kathleen

    They're gorgeous, and I love the cookie cutters you used. The trees remind me of Dr. Seuss.

    Got your card in the mail today…what a good lookin' family!

  • http://metropolitanmama.net Stephanie

    A mess is a small price to pay for such wonderful memories, wouldn't you agree? We recently baked sugar cookies too and my 3-year-old was oh-so-sad when we rolled out the last bit of dough. She had so much fun with those cookie cutters! :)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net