Christmas Sugar Cookies

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sugar cookies

Christmas sugar cookies.

It is the Christmas season. Sugar cookies are in order, of course. Break out your cookie cutters and mix up a batch of these cookies. This is a recipe that kids can help with because you mix it all by hand. So have at it with your little ones. Mix the wet ingredients together, mix the butter with the flour, and then mix it all together. My mama used to say “Many hands make light work,” so go ahead and use those many hands to mix up this batch of dough!

sugar cookieRoll out the dough and let your little ones cut out the dough with different shapes. For these photos, I just used regular cutters, but you can be certain that the next time I make them, I’ll have little ones here and they will get to choose gingerbread people,  angels, stars, or snowflakes.

About the recipe

Baking time is short, and of course the thinner you roll the dough, the faster they will bake. The recipe recommends adding ground nuts or almonds in at least some of the dough. You can also place half a candied cherry in the center, which I didn’t do because I didn’t have any candied cherries. The cherry certainly will make the cookie festive!

Credit for this recipe goes to Tasha Tudor. I picked up  the book Take Joy! The Tasha Tudor Christmas Book at a thrift store the other week and found the recipe there. This recipe is used with permission. For more information on Tasha Tudor, visit one of these two sites: https://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/ OR ; https//www.tashatudorsociety.org

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The Recipe

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

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An easy recipe for sugar cookies with a bit of crunch from ground nuts or almonds added to the dough. Easy to mix, roll out, and bake.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 dozen

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound real butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons ground almonds or nuts optional
  • candied cherries cut in half (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Put all ingredients in a bowl
  • [I mixed the dry ingredients separately from the wet ingredients, then combined them all]
  • Mix with hands until a smooth dough is formed [your kids will think this is fun!]
  • Form into a ball and dust with flour
  • Chill thoroughly
  • Divide into portions small enough to make rolling out easy
  • Add ground almonds to some of the dough if you wish
  • Dust rolling pin and counter with flour; if needed, you can add more flour to the dough
  • Roll as thin as possible
  • Dust with granulated sugar and nutmeg (optional)
  • Place half a candied cherry on top of each cookie (optional)
  • Cut into shapes
  • Put onto cookie tray and bake at 350 for approximately 12 minutes or until done
  • NOTE: the directions also say that you can decorate with chocolate bits, melted and forced through a paper cornucopia. I did not do this but would love to hear from someone who did!

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Ginger Cookies

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ginger cookies

These ginger cookies are soft and tasty with just enough spices to enjoy the ginger flavor, but not too much spice so one can enjoy the flavor. The recipe came from my maternal grandma, whom I never knew.

I think the coffee (yes, freshly-brewed coffee) in the recipe helps with the flavor and the softness of the cookie. These are fun to roll out, especially if you have kiddos clamoring to help shape cookies with cookie cutters.

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The original recipe does not have an amount of flour. It just says, “flour, enough to roll out.”

Start with 4 cups of flour and then add more. Don’t add too much. It’s better to work it in by hand as you are rolling out the dough because you’re guaranteed not to get them too stiff.  For this baking, I used 6 cups of flour total.

Brew a pot of coffee, grab a rolling pin and some cookie cutters, and get busy. You’ll be glad you did!

ginger cookies

ginger cookies

Ginger Cookies

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A tender ginger cookie that is easy to roll out at any time of year. They're special for Christmas as well.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ginger
  • 1/2 cup ready-made coffee
  • 2 tsp. soda dissolved in coffee
  • Flour enough to roll out about 4 -6 cups

Instructions
 

  • Cream shortening and sugar
  • Add molasses
  • Alternately add coffee (with dissolved soda) and flour
  • Roll out to medium thickness and cut into desired shapes.
  • Bake at 350 until light brown - about 6-9 minutes.
  • Don't bake too long or they will not be soft.

 

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