One of my favorite holiday memories is of my mama in the kitchen baking cookies. She has always been known for her cookies—makes them every year. People we know are always excited to see my mom and dad coming with a plate at Christmas—that means that they are getting cookies!
They are the best butter cookies in the world. Not only do they taste yummy, but she always made them look adorable too. Sometimes they would just have sugar sprinkled on the top, but most of the time, these cookies got the royal treatment—Frosting!! To me, the frosting is what makes these cookies stand out. They taste delicious either way, but the frosting lets you get creative with the cookie. The one that still stands out for me is the Santa cookies. They were huge cookies—a giant Santa head. They had red hats, with a dollop of white at the bottom. The beards were white and the face was made with raisin eyes and a candied cherry for the mouth. I thought they were they best things in the world, and mama made them every year. I think that the only reason she kept making them was because I liked them.
Once I got to be of cookie baking age ( you know–when I was more of a help than a pain), I would help make them. I know that my love of baking came from my mama. I would watch as she rolled them out and used the cutters to make all of the shapes. I still like how a ball of dough can be turned into a cookie in a few steps!
Since I am all grown up now (I think!), I make the cookies too. I make them all the time—Halloween, Christmas, Easter, birthdays. I love cookie cutters and am always thinking of ways that I can use my cookie cutters to make these cookies. Of course, my husband loves it when I find a reason to make them. He always comes in the kitchen trying to sneak a cookie—or two, or six!
With the holidays coming up, I thought that I could share the recipes for these cookies. Maybe they can start some family memories for you too! Enjoy!!
4 sticks of butter (Yep…a whole pound!) 🙂
1 1/3 cups of sugar (it’s ok to heap them a little)
4-5 cups of flour (start with 4 and then add as needed)
Preheat oven to 350°
Remove dough from mixing bowl and shape into a ball. Wrap half of the ball in plastic and set aside. Take the other half and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick with your rolling pin. I always flour my board and sprinkle some on the top before I roll them out. If the dough sticks to your rolling pin, spread some flour on the pin. Once you have the dough rolled out, use your favorite cookie cutters to make your cookies.
Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes @ 350°. Cool completely before frosting. (if you want to sprinkle with sugars instead of frosting, do so before you bake)
Butter Cookie Frosting
1stick of butter at room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup milk
Whip butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add milk until you get the spreading consistency you want. Use colored gels to get the color you want.
Some fall cookies that I just made all frosted and ready to go! Aren’t they cute?!?