A little slice of YUM and something easy and fun to do with toddlers on Christmas: making old-fashioned Christmas sugar cookies. This recipe has been passed down from my late Grandma, Betty Bay to my mom to me.
In one bowl blend together:
1 1/3 cup butter or alternative
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
Add: 2 eggs, 2 tb + 2 tsp milk/milk alternative
In a separate bowl mix:
4 cups flour
1 tbs baking powder
Gradually add flour combo to the butter-sugar-yum with mixer. Separate into 2 sections, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for an hour or longer. Roll out and use cutters of choice. And as my Mom kindly reminded me, “Remember to dip the cookie cutter in flour so the dough doesn’t stick!” I still managed to forget every fourth cookie or so.
Bake 8 minutes at 375° give or take a few minutes on either side depending on how brown you like your cookies. For the Santa cookies, cut raisins in half for the eyes and put in prior to baking and sprinkle coconut on top of freshly frosted beard and stache. My Santy is a bit thin on decor as I had a toddler wanting to help and needed to call it done, but you can imagine white frosted eyebrows and mustache and rosy cheeks.
Not that anyone will be shopping for Christmas cookie cutters on December 24, but if you’d like to know where to get the modern replicas of the original Aunt Chick cutters that first came out in 1948 and bookmark the site for next year — you can find them at: Gramma’s Cutters.com