The cookies themselves were absolutely delicious, crisp on the outside and still soft on the inside. Some were devoured absolutely naked of any decoration at all, they were that good. For decorating there were a few of those icing shooters that cake decorators use, with different colored icing, and also sprinkles of every design imaginable. Plus M&Ms, licorice strings, chocolate chips and colored sugar crystals. It was a child's delight and by far one of the things I looked most forward to about Christmas as a kid. The last year we had the party, Mandy's grandma sent us all home with the recipe for her melt in your mouth sugar cookies, and two small baggies of our favorite sprinkles.
When going through my mother's recipes, after she passed away this past summer, I found this cookie recipe, the original page that my friend's grandmother had hand written. What a treasure from my past! Bless my mother for saving it! I could almost hear her chuckling down at me from heaven.
So yes, I am going to share it with you, the magical sugar cookie recipe, but I have to warn you, this recipe is in no way low calorie, heart healthy, gluten free, or anything else like that. This is an old fashion, full of real butter, tons of sugar, and indescribably delicious cookie recipe. And totally worth it!
- 6 cups of flour
- 2 cups of butter, softened
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of almond extract
- 2 eggs
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Very lightly grease cookie sheets
In an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter until smooth
Add vanilla and eggs, and continue to beat on medium
Add baking powder slowly
Add flour a bit at a time and beat until smooth, if the dough gets too stiff to to beat in your mixer, then remove it from the bowl and put it on your counter top, wet your hands and knead the dough until completely mixed
(it may take some time)
Divide into 3 batches of dough and roll out each (a bit less than 1/4 inch)on a floured counter top and cut out
Do not refrigerate dough before cutting
Place cookies on greased cookie sheets 1 inch apart
Bake for about 8 minutes, until golden on bottom
Remove from oven and let cool before eating
Consider having a cookie decorating party for your kids, the memories will last a lifetime.
Amazon has some great cookie decorating stuff for an inexpensive price!