Happy Holidays Cookie Addict! We will be saying, “Goodbye” to 2020 before you know it. With the way this year has been, none of us will be sad to see it go. Let’s just face it. For some of us this year has been the worst in recent memory- for some a fight for life.
One of the nice things about December is that amid all the hustle and bustle of finding the perfect gift, or working extra hours to purchase the perfect gift, most of us usually have some time to rest, relax, or spend some quality time with family or close friends. Although for some of us this year may present some additional challenges to do so, why not take full advantage of whatever time you have with whoever you have it with?
In our family we started a tradition a few years ago of making Christmas cookies. It was a whole family affair. It started a few days before the Holiday with making, cutting, and baking cookie dough. Everyone had the responsibility of decorating their specific cookies.
I always loved the trees. Not only do I love the color green, but I love the endless possibilities with all the color combinations when adding decorations to each tree. We would save a few cookies for ourselves, but the majority of them would be wrapped up in tins and given to our neighbors.
Christmas cookies are one of the easiest holiday traditions to start. They are relatively cheap and easy to make, and people love to get them as gifts. You can purchase tissue paper and inexpensive tins at just about any dollar store around.
The easiest way to make Christmas cookies would be to simply buy some store bought cookie dough and icing. Although it’s not too difficult to make the various colors of icing you will want for you cookies, it can be time consuming. You may want to go with some store bought varieties as well. No matter what you decide to do with the icing, why not try to bake them fresh? If you do it right, you’ll get delicious cookies and a great smelling kitchen!
Here’s a simple recipe that just about anyone can make work.
2 and 1/4 cups all purpose four
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup of unsalted butter or coconut oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
As with any cookie dough you want to cream your sugar, oil or butter, egg, and liquids together first. The mixture should whip up lightly and have a bit of an airy quality to it. Combine your dry ingredients and mix. Sugar Cookie dough should be easily picked up and manipulated with your hand. If it’s too soft and sticky add a tablespoon or so of flour and mix a bit more. Roll out your dough and let cool in the fridge. Let cool at least 30 minutes but longer times are even preferred. When you’re ready, take out your dough and start cutting your shapes. Bake cookies at 350 for about 10-11 minutes. Let cool and decorate.
Make as many cookies as you like. If you’re feeling generous, make a few extra for your neighbors or friends. After a year like this, we could all use a little more to smile about.
No matter how you celebrate this Holiday season, we wish you a happy one. Enjoy those you can be with in meaningful, safe ways so we can all continue to enjoy each other for years to come. Merry Christmas everyone!