The holiday season is synonymous with baking. Most of us have a traditional, go-to family recipe that makes us think of Christmas past, and for me it’s as easy as opening up one of my vintage cookbooks. These are the same recipes my mother taught me to cook from, and I’ve been using this same sugar cookie recipe any time I make Christmas treats ever since I first learned to bake. This old standard comes from the 1963 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, and makes wonderful cookies worthy of Santa!
Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies
Recipe from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, with some adaptations
3/4 C Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 C sugar (plus extra for topping)
Green food coloring
Add all ingredients except food coloring into a 6 quart stand mixer bowl. Mix thoroughly until combined, and then chill dough in the fridge from 1-3 hours.
Once the dough has chilled, roll it out on a floured board to your desired thickness and cut with a cookie cutter.
Pour some sugar into a cereal bowl and add several drops of green food coloring, mixing with a spoon until all the food coloring has been absorbed and the sugar is tinted.
Hold a strainer over your cookies and spoon the sugar mixture into it. Use your spoon to dust the sugar through the strainer so that it evenly covers each cookie. Transfer cookies to a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees for 6 minutes or until done. Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and set it on top of the stove to let the cookies set for a few minutes, then move the cookies to a cooling rack with a spatula.
If you do any amount of baking, you know how challenging it is when you don’t have the right tools. I’m reminded of the Thanksgiving that I burned the motor out in a blender trying to make pumpkin pie filling…. So this year, I’m adding the Kenmore Elite 6 Qt. Bowl Lift Stand Mixer to my kitchen arsenal. This pro-worthy stand mixer makes short work of any holiday baking task – I was able to whip up these favorite sugar cookies even faster than usual thanks to its powerful, speedy mixing. Take a peek into my kitchen by watching my video:
The Kenmore Elite 6 Qt. Bowl Lift Stand Mixer is available for $349.99 and would make an amazing gift for any baker that will last for years to come!
What’s your favorite holiday recipe?