21 December 2009

Home Together

Today is our first official day of Christmas break and we are loving it. On the day's agenda? Making sugar cookies and watching White Christmas (which is, perhaps, the best Christmas movie ever).

The girls were dazzled by the costuming and dancing in the film and Peter found it bearable since it offered a few scenes with WWII soldiers. That and he had a vat of legos to busy himself with when the sappy songs started in.

And the sugar cookies? My mother's Betty Crocker recipe that, in my opinion, couldn't get any better. I think there is some magic behind adding powdered sugar, almond extract, and that zippy cream of tartar to a cookie recipe. Mmmm, Mmmm!

• Childhood Sugar Cookies

Mix together well:
• 1.5 c. powdered sugar
• 1 c. butter, softened
• 1 t. almond extract
• 1 egg

Stir in:
• 2.5 c. flour
• 1 t. baking soda
• 1 t. cream of tartar

Refrigerate in plastic wrap until well chilled. Divide in half and roll out.* Cut with cookie cutters and sprinkle with colored sugar (or leave plain and frost later) once placed on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Frost once cooled.

**Quick Tip! When rolling out for child hands, opt for thicker versus thinner. Will also make the frosting process much, much easier.

• Creamy Vanilla Frosting

• 3 c. powdered sugar
• 1/3 c. butter, softened

Beat in vigorously:
• 1.5 t. vanilla
• (about) 2 T milk
• food coloring, if desired


  1. Sounds like a fantastic day!! Merry Christmas!!

  2. Home together on Christmas break... perhaps the best days of all!

    I'm especially thankful that you shared your cut-out cookie recipe. We've made two batches of Christmas cookies this year using two different recipes and while all the cookies look pretty they taste too flour-y -- this particularly bothers the professor. So, I'm still on a quest for a cut-out cookie recipe that not only looks good but tastes good.

    However, no more baking for me today... 3 loaves of bread, a stromboli, and a pot of soup are my limit after a morning full of errands!

  3. Hi Anna,
    Thanks so much for posting the receipe. The girls and I tried it out today and they turned out great! The girls had lots of fun decorating! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!