Ohhhh… about 6 years ago, my friends threw me a bridal shower, and one of my bridesmaids (ANGIE!) asked that everyone bring a couple favorite recipes for me to start out my new married life on the right foot.
I still regularly make many of those recipes, and one in particular deserves a major shout-out. My friend Alisa gave me her Grandma’s recipe for sugar cookie cut-outs… and they are PERFECT.
I’m telling you. They turn out perfect every time. And she’s given me permission to share her Grandma’s recipe with you! She said… and I quote ‘this recipe is meant to be shared’. Altogether now… AWWWWWWWW!
This is one of those no-fail recipe’s that NAILS IT every time.
THE MOST PERFECT Sugar Cookie Cut-outs (aka Betty’s Santa Cookies)
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 4.5 cups flour
Mix the first 3 ingredients well with an electric mixer. Then add the remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Chill dough for a at least 2 hours. Roll 1/4-1/8” thick on floured surface. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and put on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes (or so)… I like to take mine out before the edges get golden brown, because I want mine soft instead of crunchy. And I let them sit on the pan for another good 5 minutes to continue cooking before putting them on a cooling rack.
I made up 3 batches last night, and we had a big Christmas-Cookie Decorating PARTAY with my girlfriends from our MUGGS Mommy Group, and everyone brought a different color frosting, and some sprinkles. It was PURE CHAOS and PURE FUN!
Now that it’s over and the girls (and Nick) are quietly napping, I think I’ll go have a stiff drink strong cup of coffee and stare blankly at the wall. Because I’m feeling a bit like this:
Have you been doing any holiday baking? Are you ‘known’ for a certain delicious cookie or treat this time of year? What’s your go-to cookie? Do you feel claustrophobic when there are dozens of small children everywhere and food flying through the air? Me too! Let’s be friends!