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December 22nd – Twenty-second day of Advent

December 22, 2008

Joy to the world…

Sugar cookies are my all-time favorite Christmas cookie.  You have to have a party for all the steps in making these cookies, and that’s half the fun.  The very best, tried and true, recipe comes from The Fannie Farmer Baking Book:

Soften and whip:

2 sticks (one cup) of butter


1 cup of sugar, whip


two eggs, 1 tbl. vanilla, mix well

Add and mix dry ingredients:

1 tsp salt

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven, spray cookies sheets with Pam or something like that.

Roll out cookie dough on floured wax paper, 1/8 inch thick.  Cut out and carefully transfer to baking sheets.

Bake for 5 minutes, and then watch them until the edges just start to brown.

Remove, cool, frost.  Yummy.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 23, 2008 1:58 am

    I’m so glad you posted this and that it’s a winner! Our Christmas Eve tradition is to decorate Christmas cookies, and generally I cop out and buy pre-made dough because I have run out of time. But tonight or tomorrow I have to bake anyway, so maybe I’ll just make the recipe and chill it and we can do the cookies on the Eve! It looks like a winner and I loved the pix!

    It really is an easy recipe, Jeanie. Just be sure to flour the dough when you role it out – it’s very sticky. I have eaten so many cookies in the last 24 hours, I am about to burst. Good luck with your cookies!!

  2. December 23, 2008 6:58 pm

    I had to laugh “opening” this day on your Advent calendar! I love the details in it, the lighting, and the topic, having just finished making 9 dozen goodies for a cookie exchange. Which I am not even attending (it’s for HM at his office)!!! And your recipe is in the Fanny Farmer cookbook? I HAVE it, and didn’t realize it. Honestly, Q, I think I’m sugared out – no, really. Baking and tasting last night may have cured me of my sugar madness! Hello to all at your very merry household!
    Good morning, Oh! It is in the Fanny Farmer Baking Book – not cook book, but that recipe may well be in the cook book, too.
    I am sure you are not cured of sugar madness! The next day, one simply forgets the bad side effects. I sure do anyway. I know what you mean about cookie exchange: I only had to send a dozen with youngest daughter to a party last night. The other three dozen that had been completed were sitting on the dining room table. Oldest daughter had a few friends over, and when I walked in later last night….. OMG all the cookies were gone. Well, I exaggerate – they left three for me! I have more dough in the refrigerator, however, so this morning I am back to rolling. They can decorate them!!
    Do you get nine dozen cookies back from the exchange?
    We have snow again today, a couple inches so far, but we are still very merry. Happy Holidays to you and yours, also!! 🙂

  3. December 31, 2008 9:48 pm

    My mother is Canadian, and therefore has many British traditions; while we always made Christmas cookies together, they were NEVER sugar cookies. So, here I am at age 40-something grateful for your post and recipe. Now, next year I can whip these up!

    I agree, your posts are so beautiful and intricate!

    Thank you, Bellezza. The cookies I loved making with my mom at Christmas time were pecan fingers, which as still my favorite cookie. My girls, however, love doing the cutouts and the decorating, so that is what we do together. I guarantee you will find it difficult to stop eating these cookies!

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