He sees you when you’re sleeping
He sees you when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
so be good for goodness sake!
And just in case you haven’t been on your absolute best behavior you may want to make one last home-run effort to ensure you get exactly what you are wanting this Christmas.
At first glance you read,”homemade cookies.” You throw your head back with laughter and say to yourself,”Why do I need to bake when those prepackaged-pillowy-beauties with their bright pink,yellow, and green icing,perfectly topped with the sweetest little sprinkles are already so perfect?” Well, simply put: Mine are better.
All joking aside, I feel like it is extremely important to cook with your children. Cooking and baking with your kids is the prime time to sneak in so many valuable lessons. Not only will you help expand their knowledge of real food; they will learn self confidence, patience, self- efficiency, among lots of other things. Most of all you will create memories together.
This time of year people all over the world are celebrating different things. No matter what you celebrate, take this time to spend with your family. Create memories.
One of my favorite memories as a child, at Christmas time, was making sugar cookies with my family. Each year we gathered around the table. Surrounded by piles of baked sugar cookies created from great-grandma’s secret recipe, bowls of colorful iceing, sprinkles, and other fun toppings; telling stories and laughing at the top of our lungs. We may not have made the prettiest cookies, but you better believe we walked away with sugar filled bellies and sweet bodied souls.
Now that I’m a mommy and my family lives thousands of miles away I want to be sure and keep the tradition alive.
While great-grandmas recipe is super secret, I have created my own recipe that I can share.
Sift all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl.
In another large bowl, using an electric mixer start creaming your butter,shortening, and sugar together.
Add egg and 1 yolk, then sour cream and vanilla.
Once combined and smooth start adding dry ingredients in batches.
I dumped my dough out onto my counter top and added the last cup by kneading it in. Your dough will be very soft by the time all the flour is incorporated.
cut your dough in half, form flat rounds of dough,wrap in parchment paper, place in a large plastic storage bag, and refrigerated over night to get nice and firm.
When you are ready to roll out your dough sprinkle powdered sugar onto a large working surface. I like the use of powdered sugar as apposed to flour. I don’t like the dry flour taste left on the cookies.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 14 minutes. Watch them closely towards the end. If they start to brown you’ve cooked them too long.
These are the most creamy, moist, yet firm form of cookie perfection. I have also created a smooth, creamy, and fluffy frosting to top them off. Be careful, these are extremely addicting!
“You’re welcome, Santa.”
Sugar cookie recipe:
1 cup butter, softened
1 CUP vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 CUP confectioners sugar
1 whole egg and 1 yolk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
4 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Sift together dry ingredients in a large bowl
In another large bowl start creaming butter,shortening,and sugar.
Add egg and yolk, one at a time.
Add sour cream and vanilla
Once smooth, combined, and slightly fluffed start adding dry ingredients in small batches
refrigerate finished dough overnight or until firm.
preheat oven to 325
Roll out dough (work in small batches, leaving unused dough in refrigerator, so dough stays firm.)
Place cut cookies on parchment paper and bake for 14 minutes (watch and make sure they don’t start to brown.)
decorate and serve.
fluffy frosting recipe:
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 cup whipping cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Start whipping cream cheese with the wisk attachment of an electric mixer.
Slowly mix in the whipping cream by slowly pouring into the cream cheese while mixing.
Add powdered sugar and continue mixing.
Add vanilla after all ingredients are smoothly combined. Continue mixing until fluffy about 2 minutes.