Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Cookies at Grandma's House

Cookies at Grandma’s House

with Auntie Carla and Charlotte 
Growing up my fondest memories of my Grandparents and Great Grandmother were of cooking with them. 

We made cookies with Aunt Marjorie and I looked forward with unrestrained glee for that time of the year when we could make Christmas Cookies. 

As I remember  Aunt Marjorie favoured ice box cookies at Christmas and she would always make one batch of sugar cookies for my sisters and I to decorate. 
I  remember the transition from the warm and cozy kitchen with gas stove to the cold dining room where we would decorate the cookies.  Then to the warm sitting room for either hot chocolate or homemade grape juice mixed with Niagara Dry gingerale to wash down our cookies.

As grandparents we now look forward to the organized chaos that baking and decorating Christmas cookie brings to our kitchen.

Here is the sugar cookie recipe that we use.  It is out of my favourite cookie and square cookbook Cookies!: A Cookie Lover's Collection 1994 Tormont Publications Inc. Montreal Canada, page 160.  (This is still available on line)

Special-occasion Sugar Cookies

1  cups sugar, divided
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt

Mix sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract and whipping cream into a large bowl until light and fluffy.
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt mix together and add this to the sugar and butter mixture.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours
Roll out your dough and cut into shapes
Bake at 400 F on a lightly greased cookie sheet until the edges are just starting to turn light brown.
Cool and ice.

We double this and roll out our dough to at least ¼ inch or thicker.

Grandma Snyder
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