- Food and Cooking
Tiny, Tasty Sugar Cookies
A Christmas Family Tradition
Christmas cookies are a tradition for my husband's family that has not changed for generations. The recipe we use today was used by his great-grandmother in Brooklyn, New York when his grandparents were just children. Then his mother grew up making the same cookies throughout the years. She, in turn, passed the family tradition on to my husband--who made it a yearly activity for our family and our children.
These cookies made from a special recipe, are formed by a cookie press, baked, and then decorated with icing and dipped into colorful sprinkles--Turning them into magical, festive, and beautiful works of art.
Great-Grandmother's Christmas Cookies
Cookie Press needed
3 cups flour
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla (lemon, almond, or whatever you prefer may also be used in place of vanilla)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cream butter, sugar, flavoring. Add eggs and beat well. Blend in flour & salt. Bake about 5-8 minutes at 400 degrees. (Check often during baking; the cookies should be firm but not browned.)
Two of My Favorite Christmas Gifts
Making Christmas Cookies is fun. And I love gifts that make life easier. Here I will share 2 of my favorites in that category! Both were Christmas gifts. They each have proven to be very durable and have lasted for decades!
The Right Tools make any job easier! Our inevitable Christmas tradition of making tiny, tasty sugar cookies, becomes an effortless task with a Kitchen-Aid mixer and a Super-Shooter cookie press.
Let the Fun Begin!
The Amazing KitchenAid Stand-alone Mixer - To Make Mixing Easier
Mixing cookie dough the old-fashioned way is time-consuming and tiring. Therefore, I was spoiled after using my Kitchen-Aid mixer, making it really hard to go back to previous methods. This fantastic machine makes my time in the kitchen so much more enjoyable.
The best tools make any job easier. And since annual Christmas traditions are an integral part of celebrating, you might as well have the right tools to speed things up and ease the burden of the task. You can become exhausted by the work or have a KitchenAid mixer to speed things up and do most of the work for you. Then making these tasty, cute, & dainty Christmas cookies is much easier and actually becomes something to look forward to.
For a bonus, this KitchenAid mixer comes in an array of beautiful colors. There are numerous possibilities making sure there is a perfect color for any kitchen--including yours.
I like so many of the eye-catching shades but my favorite has to be blue. I'm sure your favorite color is available too!
My Favorite Cookie Press - The tool that makes these cookies tiny & special.
Cookie presses can be manual or electric. My husband prefers to use the electric model. However, my husband's mother says there is no need to buy the electric version because the manual model is just as easy in her opinion. It is really just a matter of choice and preference. Here are some electric models I found and also a selection of manual models.
This is the exact model I use. We received it as a Christmas gift over 36 years ago & it is still working as good as ever.
Since it is an electric model, it has more power than battery or manual models. And this Super Shooter Cookie Press really simplifies the task.
How Familiar are You with A Cookie Press?
Have you ever made Christmas Cookies with a cookie press?
More cookie essentials - Mixing bowls, cookie sheets, and small plates ...
Non-stick cookie sheets work best to produce uniform-shaped cookies. When I make these beautiful Christmas cookies, I find that having at least two cookie pans works best to keep the process flowing smoothly.
Also when mixing the icing, it is helpful to have several bowls especially when you want to add color to your icing.
These Corelle soup/cereal bowls work great for the job. They come in many different patterns or plain white.
Several small plates are needed, one for each type of cookie decoration. Corelle dinnerware works well and comes in many different colors and patterns, each Corelle Dinnerware set comes with both small bowls and plates . . . The set included below is like mine . . .
Christmas Cookies Bring Family Connection
Creating beautifully decorated Christmas cookies is a fun way to make memories with your children that last a lifetime.
The Finishing Touch
Icing and Decorations
Cookie Press Cookie Icing
3 cups powdered sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla (use clear vanilla extract to keep your icing white)
1/3 cup milk (approximately)
When adding the milk, work to achieve a consistency that stays on the cookie but is not too pasty. The icing will need to be firm enough to hold the decorations on the cookie.
Dip the cookie in icing, then dip in cookie decorations and let dry. (We usually pour the decorations onto small plates, making it easier to dip cookies in the decorations.)
And the cookie decorations ...
There are many different kinds of Christmas cookie decorations so you can be very creative in making your cookies.