It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a batch of my Mom’s sugar cookies. I love them, my kids and grandkids love them, and over the years, Mom baked hundreds of them for friends and family alike. Such a basic cookie, but so comforting with a cup of tea or hot cocoa. And it wouldn’t be my Mom’s sugar cookie without the buttercream frosting. Though her sugar cookies were generally a Christmas treat, I do remember a time when we were kids that we got them for Valentine’s Day. The memory of coming home from school to some big beautiful cookies shaped like a hand (complete with painted nails and rings) for the girls and an oversized heart for my brother, is still fresh in my mind. No store-bought box of candy would have brought me more joy.
When Mom passed last October, it was a huge blow to our family leaving us all a little lost. She was the glue that held us all together and our common connection when we all got busy in our lives and didn’t take the time to connect with each other. As the holidays came around, I searched for a way to honor her and keep her memory alive for all the little kids that wouldn’t get the opportunity to know her like we did. Then I opened the recipe book that she gave me and there it was; her cookie recipe. I found a place where I could get kitchen towels printed with her recipe just the way she wrote it. My favorite part is where she had written “Flower” and then crossed it out and added “(flour not flower!) your counter”. My Mom’s personality really shines through in that one recipe.
I’m a total frosting freak and these soft sugar cookies are the best (in my humble opinion) when covered with a thick layer of buttercream. A little food color and some decorative sugar and you have a nice little treat just perfect for giving. Or eating. Might be a good idea to make a double batch so you have enough to do both!
It warms my heart to be able to carry these towels in my shop and share her cookie recipe here with you. I hope it becomes part of your Christmas tradition as well. My Mom would have loved that.
- 1 Cup Butter (I use Imperial Margarine)
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla
- 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/4 Tsp. Salt
- 3 Cups Flour
- 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tbs. soft butter or margarine
- 1/4 Tsp. Vanilla
- Add 2-3 Tsp. milk till you get spreading consistency.
- Combine butter, sugar, eggs (one at a time), vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour.
- Chill 10 minutes.
- Flour your counter and roll out your dough to about 1/4". Cut out shapes and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes. Check at 8 minutes as your oven may vary.
- Remove from oven and cool before frosting.
- Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla and milk 1 Tbs. at a time until you get spreading consistency.
- According to my Mom - "I never measure so I hope this frosting tastes like mine." I called her for frosting advice in 2014 and got this info: "just use a whole bag of powdered sugar, 1/2 a cube or more of butter and 2 Tsp. vanilla. " I noted off to the side of the recipe that "this is why we are chubby!"