Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Tradition Continues

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 have grown up with.

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 I copied from my mom's recipe.  As you can see, it is well worn.

Sugar Cookies
1 1/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk

Cream sugar and shortening.  Add eggs & beat.  Add dry ingredients & beat alternating with milk.  Roll out on floured board, cut into shapes.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 12 minutes at 375 degrees.  Sprinkle with sugar & let cool.  Store in zip lock bags.  These freeze really well too.

  I think this is the best recipe ever.  If you don't have a favorite, you might want to try this one.

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  1. I still have some of those cookie cutters with the handles, passed down from my grandma. I love family traditions :)

  2. So nice that you still use these. My mother has some of the same ones!!! Love :)

  3. The cookies look yummy! Could I substitute butter? I always had trouble rolling the dough out evenly...have to try again...

  4. I love family traditions! Your cookies look so festive and yummy! Every year, I decorate gingerbread men with my kiddies just like I used to do with my mom! ;)

  5. Marty, I love to read about your traditions and beautiful memories. The cookies look delicious!

  6. I love this tradition, Marty. Those are the best cookie cutters. I also have some I bought so many years ago and still working great. Take care, Maria

  7. What a lovely tradition to carry on with your family! I wonder if there's a way to sharpen those edges?

  8. I'll have to look for some cookie cutters as I don't have any! I always just made chocolate chip as that is what my kids wanted. My Mother never baked. But I am betting Colleen would like some reindeer and Santa cookies!!! Thanks for the recipe, Marty! Merry Christmas!

  9. I remember these cookie cutters very well. My sisters and I loved making cookies with my mom at Christmas. She baked very rarely so this was such a huge deal.

    I Pinned your recipe. I think the old, tried and true are the best!

    Off to visit Part 1.


  10. I have a few of these cookie cutters. I think it's so sweet that you still have your original rolling pin and cutters from your shower. I love a good sugar cookie!

  11. It's about the memories! I love old this and that with family memories. I have a tea cookie recipe that my dad says reminds him of what his grandmother made. I like to make those for him when I can. Sheila

  12. I saved the the recipe. I'll do it with my kid tomorrow..

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  13. How sweet that you kept the rolling pin, cookie cutters, ad traditions. I have some of those cookie cutters, handed down from my Mom ;-)

  14. Looks like a simple and tasty recipe. Am sure going to try it! Thank you!

  15. Oh, such a lovely memories! Cookies looks so yummy Marty! Love to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing! xoxo
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