It’s that time of year again . . . Christmas! Gift giving, decorating, holiday music, traditional meals, family and friends . . . the hustle and bustle of it all! It can make some of us so full with energy and for others it can be downright stressful. But what I love is making Christmas cookies . . . it actually slows me down during the chaos of it all. Everyone could use a little slowing down to appreciate the holiday season and simply be present! Just the right time to slip into the kitchen alone and make a batch of sugar cookie dough. It is rather calming to cream together a large amount of butter and a heap of sugar. Adding in the egg, vanilla, salt, baking powder and finally seeing a soft, squishy dough form with the addition of flour. Wrapping it all up in plastic wrap to place in the refrigerator until . . . it’s cookie making time!
Yes, now for the excitement of it all . . . busting out the cookie cutters, turning up the christmas carols and rolling out the dough with my children. They love it . . . simply love it! What kid doesn’t? Sneaking pinches of dough . . . just to taste. And oh, how raw cookie dough tastes . . . you know it so don’t even lie! A little guilty pleasure doesn’t hurt a soul . . . especially this time of year!
I always make the same recipe for cookie cutter cookies each Christmas . . . tradition has a way of simply showing up each year. The comfort of a cookie and a Christmas cookie tin . . . it is about making traditions and memories! The first cookbook I ever received was The Joy of Cooking. Since then I have a bookshelf full but still The Joy of Cooking is the one I return to again and again. A sort of kitchen knowledge dictionary mixed with a recipe bible all contained within the binding of a book. Page 827, in my edition, reads a recipe for Rich Rolled Sugar Cookies . . . Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an assortment of these. This is the dough just waiting for that collection of cookie cutters you have squirreled away. I couldn’t say it better . . . so I wouldn’t. But I will pass along this simple and straightforward recipe that is a Christmas favorite of ours. Like I said, “it is about making traditions and memories!” . . . in the shape of a cookie!
Rich Rolled Sugar Cookies
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Stir until smooth
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Roll out on parchment paper or floured surface.
Use cookie cutters to make different forms.
Place on a parchment lined or greased baking tray.
Cookies are baked in a preheated 350 F/180 C oven for approximately 7 to 9 minutes until done.
Eat them plain or decorate them . . . but most importantly fill a Christmas tin and enjoy a xmas treat throughout the holiday season!
To sharing a Christmas cookie tradition and spreading some holiday JOY . . . one batch of Rich Rolled Sugar Cookies at a time! Hugs, M.