Saturday, December 06, 2008

Heirloom Cookies

This is what my guys are doing as I post. I bake 'em; they decorate 'em...and eat 'em as they toil. Good thing I always bake a double batch!

I've been baking this same sugar cookie recipe since I was a small child. Family traditions are one of my favorite parts of the Christmas season. What's more traditional than a cookie recipe that's been handed down from mother to daughter for three generations?

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies (yields 7 dozen)

1/2 Cup shortening
1/2 Cup butter or margarine
2 Cups sugar
2 eggs
1 Cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
5 Cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream shortening, butter, and sugar.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Beat in sour cream
Add flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Mix until well blended

Roll 1/2 dough at a time to 1/4 inch thickness(We like a chewy cookie. Roll thinner if you want a crispy cookie) on a floured board or pastry cloth. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutters. If you don't want to frost your cookies, sprinkle them with colored sugar before you put them in the oven.
Bake@375 for 8-10 minutes.

Cool cookies, then frost with your favorite icing.

Now it's time for me to freeze the cookies and clean up the mess.


At 12/06/2008 5:32 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Yeah, we'll try baking them in the coming weeks and let you know how they turn out.

At 12/06/2008 5:58 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

I've never seen sour cream as part of a sugar cookie recipe. I'll have to try them. If there's help around to decorate anyway.

At 12/06/2008 6:31 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Nice! I like the addition of sour cream...I bet that gives them a nice flavour. I am almost done my Xmas baking! I should be totally done tomorrow!

At 12/06/2008 7:12 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, cool! Take pictures! ;)

Jeannie, I would never have time to make these if the guys didn't help. Good luck recruiting help.

WC, they have the best flavor of any sugar cookie I've tried.

Since you give a lot of your baking as gifts, you can also say you're almost done with your shopping. ;)

At 12/06/2008 7:24 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Tell me about it! Also, instead of giving gifts to my family this year, I'm going to make a big meal for Solstice. They are all cool with that. I only need to buy two birthday presents (my dad's is the 24th and my SIL's is the 29th) and a couple of stocking stuffer things. Easy and way less stressful!

At 12/07/2008 7:08 AM, Blogger Laura said...

I can't do cutter cookies like that because I'm a disaster with a rolling pin... They look good though. I'll leave the shaped cookies to someone else...

At 12/07/2008 8:49 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

Sounds delicious. And I can't blame the guys for eating some of them right away. Between the baking aroma and the hot goodness, how could they not?

At 12/07/2008 10:48 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

WC, I'm so happy that you found a way to eliminate some of your Christmas stress. Now you can just sit back and enjoy your family!

Laura, there IS a knack to it. You get the feel for it after you've rolled a couple thousand cookies. ;)

Squirl, I agree. It's not everybody who'll work for cookies. ;)

At 12/07/2008 8:56 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Tshsmom, it sounds soo Christmassy at your place!! Thanks for the recipe.

At 12/07/2008 9:03 PM, Blogger SME said...

And if you put the dough in the fridge overnight, they end up chewier for some reason.

At 12/08/2008 1:49 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

The men look so focused and determined, like they are spreading that frosting out juuuust right! Good for them!

I think I'll try this recipe out - sour cream. Most excellent!


(The word verification is 'voter' - no kidding!)

At 12/08/2008 2:30 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Those two look way too comfortable eating those cookies. I would never have the help you have.. Glad you have it.. I mean I have the girls but they would have more cookies eaten than putting frosting on them..

At 12/08/2008 9:18 AM, Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Mmmmmmm. Sour cream in cookies - I've had them before and they are de-lish. They look awesome and your guys are doing a great job. One of the perks of helping with the cookies is eating them warm out of the oven!

We did a couple of batches of cookies - they are GONE! I must do a couple more. I have a couple of days off next week and we will bake cookies and I've decided to make fudge, too.

At 12/08/2008 5:01 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Bridg, it IS! What can I say; it's our favorite time of year! ;)

SME, that was a happy accident, wasn't it?

Cherie, they take their cookie decorating very seriously...except when they're fighting over who does which color...or sprinkles...or who ate the most cookies. ;)

Tweets, Z has been helping since he was 2. If you don't make it a tradition when the kids are little, they won't be interested in helping when they're teens. It always takes longer when little ones are helping, but it's also fun to see the experience through their eyes. It takes a LOT of patience, but it's well worth it for the memories!

Grizz, I have to bake double batches of everything, or my guys would be out of cookies way before Christmas! It's disgusting that they can eat fistfuls of cookies and never gain an ounce.

At 12/08/2008 9:06 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

Did you see that great Hallmark movie Sunday night, about the teacher with Tourette's? It was sooo good. I thought about all of you guys while watching it. Would love to know your take on it - if you saw it, that is.

At 12/09/2008 1:39 AM, Blogger Jay said...

Yum, yum.
Well done, you!

At 12/09/2008 7:33 AM, Blogger Suldog said...

There is nothing in the world that satisfies the soul of an eater quite like a good Christmas cookie!

At 12/09/2008 8:22 AM, Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

I agree about getting the little ones to help. They'll make a damn mess and pour way too much colored sugar, and load up a single cookie with , like, 10 candies - but it's a blast! lol.

At 12/09/2008 4:57 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Cherie, Brad Cohen is one of our heroes!
I can't believe how well the actors depicted their tics! Terrific performances all around!
I literally sobbed during the part where the principal brought Brad on stage. I wish that Z had had just ONE person at school who would have stood up for him like that!

Jay, Thanks!

Suldog, AGREED! Christmas baking is the ultimate comfort food!

Grizz, I wish I had pictures of my kids' first cookie creations, but they always ate them before I could grab the camera. The cookies were exactly as you described, and the kids were sooo proud of their artistry!

I learned how to make my own colored sugar at that point in my kids' lives...saved a FORTUNE!

At 12/12/2008 1:16 AM, Blogger Cherie said...

Tshs: Tom and I were bawling, too!!


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