Give Me an Old Fashioned Christmas {Christmas Cookies}

After the halls are decked for Christmas, one of my most loved traditions here at home is making cookies with my girls.  With the sounds of Bing, Dean, Frank, and Perry playing in the background I love to bring out my Christmas apron, light a winter candle and slip away to a time when life was so much more simple.

I get so excited when it is time to pull out my little storage box of sprinkles, cookie cutters, the cookie press, and my favorite recipes spending several days baking for various December events.

 

Cookies seem so simple, but there is so much you can do with them.  From decorating to gifting cookies are a very versatile treat.  I have an uncle who would absolutely want to cancel Christmas if he did not receive a box of assorted homemade cookies from both my mom and me each year!  He LOVES them, especially traditional sugar cookies!  It must be a family trait, because my Dad threatens to disinherit me every year if I don’t make his favorite cream-filled wafer!
Throughout the next several weeks I thought that I would share a few of our favorite Christmas (well anytime) treats …… starting today with traditional sugar cookies.
This recipe is really special to me as it first belonged to my Granny who passed away when I was 8 years old, but my mother has also used this recipe my whole life.

 

Ingredients:
2 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 c. confectioners sugar1/2 t. salt
1 c. butter (softened)
   Cut these cut these dry ingredients together using a pastry knife.
 
1 egg
1 T. milk
2 t. vanilla
   Combine these 3 ingredients together, then mix with dry ingredients.  Your dough will be very sticky.
Press into ball.  Wrap and chill a couple of hours.
 Remove from refrigerator and lightly need a little of the dough just so that you can form a ball to roll out.  Roll 1/2 of dough at a time, on a lightly floured board,  1/8 in. thick.
Cut into desired shape & arrange about 1″ apart on cookie sheet (decorate if you would like using colored sugars, mini M&M’s or you can even ice them after baking) and bake at 375 for 8 min.

One recipe should make 3 dozen cookies.
 
This pan is from TJ Maxx & it is made in the USA!  It is a great cookie pan.

 

Cool and serve.
 
Jadite dishes (personal collection), red plates (HomeGoods), Metal tractor & Firetruck (Hallmark), Reproduction Shiny Brites (Christopher Radko), Raggedy Ann & Andy dolls (from Cracker Barrel several years back)
Here’s wishing you a sweet weekend filled with old fashioned fun!
 
 
I leave tomorrow for Tennessee & Alabama to begin wedding week fun with my daughter!  If you don’t already, follow me on Facebook for pictures & details as we decorate, cook, and get ready for this exciting day!  

Look for my holiday home tour here on the blog next week!
 

Sweetie for my Sweetie

Sometimes that man-of-mine asks if there is something sweet in the house (besides me of course) after we have enjoyed a particularly nice supper!
Sometimes I have something, but most of the time I don’t.  When there are sweets in the house, this momma is going to indulge, so it is better if I don’t have them around!  But, every so often I just have to make my sweetie something scrumptious to satisfy his sweet tooth.
And please tell me, what could possibly be any better than homemade chocolate chip cookies?
How about a homemade deep dish chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream!!??
 
I know you want to make this, and most likely you already have the ingredients on hand.  
 
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs 
2 tsp. vanilla
1 bag (12 ozs) Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
 
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  In a small bowl mix together flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.  In a larger bowl, cream together your butter, vanilla, brown & white sugars.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well.  Gradually add in the flour mixture until well blended.  Stir in your entire bag of chocolate chips.  
 
At this point you can do one of two things:  use a cookie sheet and drop spoonfuls of cookie dough to make traditional cookies, OR lightly spray a stoneware baking pan with PAM and spread cookie dough about an inch and a half thick.
 
 
If you choose the latter option, bake for about 30 minutes until the edges are crispy and the center is set.
 
 
Cool just a few minutes, and then serve it up with some delicious vanilla ice cream as the perfect finish  to your supper of bbq baby-back ribs (the ones your hubby was ever so kind to cook for you), fresh corn-on-the-cob & a lovely salad.
 
 
Then sit back and let your daughter clean the kitchen because she may or may not have posted something sassy on Facebook regarding the delicious deep-dish chocolate chip cookie & just how awesome her mother is.