“Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 NKJV
By: Gretchen Speer
Everyone loves my mom’s sugar cookies-everyone! I don’t know how many dozen she makes at Christmas time, many for sure. I remember when my brother and I were growing up getting to help her make the cookies and frost them. We loved it! This is a tradition that I have continued in my own home. Every time I smell a batch of these cookies baking I think of her. I’m so thankful she spent that time with me, and now I get to do them with my own kids.
My cookies are a little different from my moms b/c of two things.
1) Hers are PERFECTLY frosted in a “I really hate to eat this because it’s so pretty, but who are we kidding, it’s a yummy cookie..” kind of way. I just don’t have it in me. I have tried, and they look horrible. So, my kids frost every single one of them-and the love it! You know what the best part about eating a cookie that a four-year old has frosted? There is a ridiculous about of frosting and sprinkle on it. My DD somehow manages to frost both sides of the cookie-they are awesome.
2) My mom tries to get the most amount of cookies from her dough, and I make humongous cookies so I don’t have to bake all day. There is value in doing it both ways, I like my way b/c I like humongous cookies.
Mom’s Sugar Cookies (x3)
2 1/4 C. Shortening (Crisco sticks-butter flavored)
3 C. Sugar
3 tsp baking powder
3 tsp vanilla
7 1/2 C. flour
3 t. salt
Mix thoroughly: shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla
In separate bowl mix dry ingredients
Blend dry ingredients into the wet gradually. (You may have to stop using the mixer at some point and use your hands.)
Chill for at least an hour
Roll out with rolling-pin and use cookie cutters of your choice.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes. (The baking time will vary depending on the size of the cookies. My humongous ones take over 10 minutes.)
Mix Powdered sugar with small amounts of milk until you reach desired thickness. Add food coloring if you wish. (Start with 1 C. of milk and 1/2 tbsp of milk. You want it thick enough that it doesn’t run off the cookie.)
I think sometimes carrying on traditions brings the burden of doing things exactly like you did with the person who taught you. As with many things, you have to make adjustments so that it fits you. There is no doubt in my mind that my kids will make their sugar cookies a little different from I do-and that’s okay!!
Merry Christmas Mommas!