It’s Christmas cookie baking time. Do you have the holiday tradition of baking that tried and true, old family cookie recipe every year? Well we do in our home…this is something I remember doing every year growing up as a kid. My mom would let us cut out dozens and dozens of cookies to decorate every Christmas break from school. My brother and I would sit on the counter using the cookie cutters and after they came out of the oven we would pick our favorite color icing and slather it on each cookie, I think some even managed to go straight to our mouths never making it to a cookie.
This recipe is so easy and requires no special ingredients to get that good ole’ fashion flavor that we all remember as a kid. Below you can print the cookie and the icing recipe that has been in our family for years. There’s nothing special about them, they just always remind me of home.
- 3/4 C Sugar
- 1/2 C Melted Shortening
- 2 Eggs Beaten
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 2 C Flour
- 1 tsp Cream Tartar
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Combine Sugar, Shortening, Eggs, and Vanilla with a mixer. Add Remaining ingredients and mix until a dough ball forms. Chill for one hours. Roll out dough 1/8" thick, cut into shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 6-10 minutes depending on oven temp.
- I only bake these cookies for 6 minutes and let them cool on the cookies sheet. The heat coming off it will finish the baking time and give you a firm yet soft cookie.
- 1 C Powdered Sugar
- 3 tsp Whole Milk
- 1 Drop food coloring (color of your choice)
- Dash of Vanilla (optional)
- Add Sugar to a bowl, stir in milk and food coloring until you have a thick icing that is spreadable with a knife.
- If you accidently add too much milk just add more sugar until it thickens up.