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A New Tradition Using an Old One.

There’s two types of people: those who love Christmas and those who tolerate Christmas.  I tolerate it.  I like it a little bit more because of the boys, but I could skip the whole thing and still go on with my life.  But it’s the season, so you do what you got to do to create memories.

Last year, Becky came over with her son to decorate cookies.  She was newly pregnant, so we talked a ton about birth, newborns, life with a second kid, cookies, Santa, etc.  We had fun talking and the boys had fun decorating cookies.  Why not repeat it in 2011?

This time we were joined by Silas.  But the same thing happened.  We talked and the boys played.  All of this makes the chore of cookie-baking much easier.  I would never make cookies if I didn’t have help.  Never.  Without the help, I’d be stuck doing all of it alone.  And I’d resent the boys for wanting to make cookies and the holidays for expecting it.  With her, I helped make three different types of cookies.  I won’t speak for her feelings of Holiday Cookie Making, but I’m not sure she would have put on an apron any time soon.  So together we had entertaining conversations.  Drank Bailey’s and coffee.  Didn’t mind the sugar on the floor.  Spent time cuddling an adorable baby.  And I got to watch my children enjoy a new tradition.

For the second year, we made my Great-Aunt Coletta’s sugar cookies.  I’m not a fan of sugar cookies.  They’re either too sweet or too boring.  But in my family, we’ve always made these.  When I grew up and realized the work of making holiday cookies, I avoided this recipe.  When I did make the cookies, I actually hated them.  Last year, I figured out why: shortening.  For years, I avoided it and used butter.  Shortening is kind of creepy.  Touch it and tell me I’m wrong.

But psst…  Shortening is amazing and the deal breaker.  Here’s the recipe.

1 C. Shortening

2 C. Sugar

2 Eggs

5 C. Flour

2 t. Baking Powder

1/2 t. Baking Soda

1/2 t. Salt

2 t. Vanilla

1 C. Sour Cream.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix ingredients like you normally would.  Wet.  Then dry.

I said it was a family recipe.  This is more than I’ve actually got written down.

Chill dough for at least an hour.

Throw lots of flour all over the surface, rolling pin, top of the dough and roll out to a good thickness.  Maybe a little less than 1/4 inch.

I warned you…

Use cookie cutters and cut.

Bake on parchment paper in the oven for 9-10 minutes.

Use favorite frosting recipe and decorate.

We did a quick and dirty frosting:

2 1/2 C. of Powdered Sugar

1 t. Vanilla

2 T. Milk

Mix.  Frost.  Adjust if necessary.


We also made:

Blueberry Lemon Jam Cheesecake Pockets: based on this recipe.

Chewy Molasses-Spice Cookies.

Velveeta Cheese Fudge.  This is beyond the grossest thing I make on a regular basis.  Tell me I’m wrong.  It sounds really sick.

Ok.  Now make it and tell me you wouldn’t make a batch once a year.