Thursday, December 20, 2012

Continuing the Tradition

One of the things my family always enjoys are our Sugar Cookies cut in the shapes they grew up with.

This is the rolling pin and the cookie cutters that I was given at my wedding shower.  I think this was kind of a standard assortment that everyone had at the time.  These are the shapes I always used when my children were small and the same ones my grandchildren grew up with. Now these are the ones that my great-grandson always looks for.  His favorite is the pony.

A pony, reindeer, camel, christmas tree, angel and santa for the Christmas season.  They are old and don't cut really sharp anymore, but I still love them and love using them.

 The shapes bake up just fine.

 I grew up in a very loving family with very simple and limited means, but my mom always made cookies at Christmas.  No fancy frosting, just sprinkled with sugar, so that is the way I have always made them.  After they cool, the excess sugar shakes off and they are stored in Zip-lock bags until time to serve.

I use the recipe card that my mom wrote for me, one that I have used now for over 55 yrs.  I think this is the best recipe ever.  If you don't have a favorite, you might want to try this one.

My baking is almost done except for pies for Christmas dinner,  I still need to find more stocking stuffer gifts, then I can say I am done. (Update, a trip to Target and the Dollar Tree and the stockings are super full.)  How about you, are you almost ready to relax and enjoy the season.

I am joining the following parties:

Wendy at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Alison at Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Kate at Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Jane at Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday
Becca at Home Is Where My Story Begins for Home and Family Friday
Remodelaholic for Home Sweet Home on a Budget
 SNS @ Funky Junk Interiors
 Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday
 Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act Normal
Aimee @ It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity
Angela @ Cottage Magpie for Chirstmas Traditions

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  1. We always grew up having the same sugar cut out cookies, that I still make today and I have a recipe card that looks just about like yours! Love that you still have your rolling pin and cookie cutters. Merry Christmas Marty!

  2. My grands used the cookie cutters, just like yours! They have been passed down from my mother to me, and now my daughter is the keeper of the cutters!!!

  3. what a wonderful sight and smell for making memories...
    I'm swiping a Reindeer cookie on my way out:)

    Merry Christmas~!

  4. I love that you still have the same rolling pin and cutters, but especially your Mother's handwritten recipe. So special!

  5. I love that you still have the cookie cutters, rolling pin and recipe card. So special. They surely all make much sweeter cookies!

  6. What a delightful post! I love that you still have the cookie cutters and rolling pin from when you got married - how special! Thank you for sharing :) Merry Christmas to you!


  7. Marty, how special that you would have your mom's handwritten recipe...doesn't the aroma of baking those cookies take you back in time when you were a child?
    Thanks for sharing...Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  8. I love those old cookie cutters, too, Marty. I have a couple that are from my childhood..and one big gingerbread man with a little green handle. Mine are pretty dull, too. I haven't been able to use them this year because my oven is waiting for a part. Your recipe sounds great- I am going to copy it over. I think old family recipes are the best- xo Diana

  9. Marty, your cookie cutters look very similar to ones my mom had...she had the card suits cutters, which she used to cut little sandwiches. How wonderful that you still have yours and that your grands make cookies with you. To me the "plain" sugar cookies are the best. They speak of a simpler time, which so many of us remember.
    Hugs, and Merry Christmas to you and your family,

  10. I love the sentiment you much experience each time you bring out your wedding-gift cookie cutters and your mother's recipe - what joy! I have decorated, I have shopped, I have wrapped, and I have baked. I am just so ready! Hugs ~ Mary

  11. Marty, great, great tradition! Love the cookie cutters! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  12. I love the old school cookies cutters. What a great tradition. I always like to make honey cookies for christmas...there's just something so special about cookies at christmas time.
    Have a lovely christmas.

  13. Your cookies sound great Marty, I love that fun reindeer cutter! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas:@)

  14. Marty, I have those same cutters and rollin pin got 54 years ago and still use them..Went to my daughter last weekend and took them with me to bake cookies for my Grandson in Fort hood..Thanks so much for coming by my dear friend..Another year for me with no Christmas decor..but just wanted to add some Christmas cheer on my blog..Love ya girl..Have a wonderful Christmas..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  15. That is a splendid tradition Marty. I am not baking for the first time in 30 years. Just not feeling well. Have a Merry Christmas, Olive

  16. We always did the cut out sugar cookies when I was a kid, did them with my kids and grandkids, too. They are still my favorite cookie.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  17. wonderful it is to be able to follow your mother's handwritten recipe...I love your cookie cutters...such a great tradition you have!

  18. Merry Christmas, Marty!
    Oh...Yummmmmmy! Just look at those golden cookies. At Christmastime sugar cookies are my favorite. I love your collection of cookie cutters and red handled rolling pin. I, too, have ones from my early years as a bride.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe, my friend!
    Carolynn xxx

  19. How totally cool! Happy Thrifty things Fri.

  20. My mom had these same cookie cutters. This post brought back such sweet memories. Merry Christmas, Marty!

  21. I have this same set, minus a few that were lost over the years.
    I have my cookies finished, too.
    Will make a cake and pie for Christmas Eve....that's when our family gathers here in my home.
    Merry Christmas...
    xo bj

  22. Marty,
    I adore that you are continuing a family Tradition at Christmas!!! I have the same 5 bottom cookie cutters...mine now hang on the Gingerbread Tree!!! I remember years gone by of making and baking HUNDREDS of cookies with our sons and then "Mr.Ed" and the Boys would take trays full and deliver them in the barracks to our soldiers in "Mr.Ed's" Unit on Christmas Eve!!! Have a Merry Christmas with your dear family!!!

  23. Some of my best memories of my grandma were she and I making sugar cookies for Christmas, I still think of placing the red hot on Rudolph's nose!!

  24. Decorating sugar cookies is one of my most favorite childhood Christmas memories. And I continued the tradition with my nephews. Now those nephews are 16, 19 and 21 and they called me the other day asking when cookie decorating night was! LOL I hope to continue this tradition with Lia. Thank you for sharing this with us at TTF. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

  25. My 10 year old daughter collects vintage cookie cutters and has many of the ones that you have in your photos. We are planning on making sugar cookies tomorrow. She is super excited! I love the idea of sprinkling them with sugar instead of frosting. Much less messy.

    Marry Christmas!


  26. That's so cool. You are a blessed young lady. God bless and Merry Christmas.

  27. I saw your picture of rolling pin and cookie cutters and said "Hey! Those are mine!" Don't you just love them! They are filled with many happy memories. Have a blessed and happy Christmas!

  28. Happy Holidays, Marty! Lovely and Christmassy with all the seasonal baking happening in the kitchens all around the world. So nice with traditions :) Seasons Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  29. Marty, just getting around to reading this great memory post. My mother used to bake these same cookies and she had the same cutters. She mailed us a large package of them in the years, that we spent with my in-laws. Thanks for the sweet reminder of the many things she did for my sisters and me.
    Merry Christmas,
    Helen@Helen's Decor

  30. I love the old recipe card and the vintage cookie cutters. I have some of those, too, that I remember from when I was a child. Making Christmas cookies has always been a tradition in my family.

    I am having a "Traditions" linky party at my blog. I hope you'll come and join in the fun!


  31. I love this, such a wonderful Christmas tradition. Wishing you and your family a wonderful and very Merry Christmas!

  32. Merry Christmas Marty! Enjoy those yummy cookies!

  33. Yep, rolling pin and those same metal cookie cutters were a wedding gift for us, too. I still have a few of the cutters but have given most of them to our children, but I still have my rolling pin. I adore that you still have your Momma's sugar cookie recipe and continue to make it. That really is such a major part of Christmas -- traditions!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, Marty!

  34. Love your cookie cutters! It is a must do in our house too!