Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sissy's Sugar Cookies

This is an awesome cookie recipe. They are delicious, easy and soft, yet firm enough to decorate with children. They have been a tradition in my sister, Sissy's home at Christmas for almost 30 years. Partly what makes these cookies so unique is the way she and her son Cody decorate them. They glaze them and paint them with food coloring. It is really quite amazing some of the things they have come up with over the years. On many occasions, they would bring them to the family Christmas Dinner, with a cookie personalized for each family member. Imagine the excitement of everybody crowding around a huge tin of cookies looking for "their" cookie! They spent a lot of time creating these pretty little treats for us, and built some great memories together in the process. When Sissy sent me this recipe a few days ago for the blog, they had just finished painting some. Only difference is now Cody is almost thirty and is sharing this tradition with not only his mom, but his wife Sara. I am happy to share this recipe with you. There is still time to bake up a batch of these and get creative! A good way for the kids to make Santa a special cookie as well. Thank you Sissy for sharing this.

1/2 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1 cup sugar                   
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, milk and vanillla. Beat well
Sift flour with baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt
Blend into creamed mixture.
 Cover and chill for 1 hour. Roll out on lightly floured surface...1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness...Cut into shapes... Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until firm to touch....they don't have to brown. Allow them to cool completely. (Next is the fun part!) Once they are completely cooled, you can glaze them with a thin glaze of confectioner's sugar and milk and allow to dry.
“One of my and my Son Cody's favorite things to do when he was a small child..and into to paint our do this ....all you need is food coloring and a small artist can make all kinds of beautiful creations and memories.....on your cookies...I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have over the years...Love....Sissy”

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