Monday, December 21, 2009

Day 905's Christmas Essential: Sugar Cookies

This week I'm going to share what I consider Christmas essentials -- the things that make the holiday special to me. First up, a certain recipe for sugar cookies that my mom has been making for as long as I can remember. She still uses the recipe card she first wrote when she got it from a friend while living in Kansas (did you know that I was born in Kansas?). It's stained and wrinkled and smells slightly of Crisco oil, but we pull it every year. These probably aren't the kind of sugar cookies you're used to having, but they are delicious, with a little lemony bite. Santa must approve, as he used to gobble them up on Christmas Eve at our house.

Sugar Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup Crisco oil
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 eggs
1 cup margarine, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Put all of the above ingredients in a bowl and mix at medium speed for 4 minutes. Then add:

4 cups unsifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Blend until well-mixed. Refrigerate dough for at least 4 hours (overnight is best). Roll into walnut-sized balls and roll in colored sugar (available in the baking aisle).

Place on ungreased baking sheet and flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.


Dina said...

I have to try these! Every year I try a different sugar cookie recipe for my husband since they're his favorite, but they never seem to turn out well at all! So I thought I'd given up this year, but I think I have to give this one a shot-he loves lemon too!
Thank you!

Chic Coles said...

Sugar Cookies are my absolute FAVORITE cookies ever. Thank you so much for the recipe, I am going to try and make them this week!

Anonymous said...

This recipe sounds positively delicious! Growing up, sugar cookies weren't one of our Christmas traditions -- We did buckeyes, gingerbread cookies, and made our own dough ornaments every year ... Equally wonderful to be sure, but I'd love to make sugar cookies a Christmas tradition in my married life. The recipe you've featured here reminds me of my favorite madeleine recipe -- Can't wait to whip it up!

Anonymous said...

Save me a cookie! And Merry Christmas to you and Wes!


Unknown said...

Oh, yum! That's just the perfect project to take up with the children this week. Thanks, Jennifer!

megan @ a life's design said...

I can't wait to see your list! Sugar cookies are on our 'essentials' list as well; we had them this weekend!

Ally said...

These look wonderful. I will have to try them. Vinegar seems like an odd ingredient for cookies though :)

katie said...

Mmmm. I definitely will have to try these! I really want to decorate some sugar cookies before the holiday season is over.

Catherine said...

I grew up eating sugar cookies -they're the best! I'd love to try your recipe...the lemon bite sounds perfect. Happy holidays! xoTrina

Slices of Beauty... said...

Looks cute and sweet!
Merry Christmas.

Dina said...

I have a dumb question-how did you make/what is the colored sugar part?

Thank you! I think I've overdosed on baking and can't think!


Jennifer said...

Dina -- sorry for the confusion. you should be able to find the colored sugar in the baking aisle where the sprinkles are. we've always used red and green, but there are lots of options.

hope that helps!

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

printing this recipe out now. yum!

Dina said...

Ok, thank you so much! I will hit Publix in the AM! I made the dough today and it's in the fridge for tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

yummy! sugar cookies are my fave. hubby has to work tomorrow morning so i'm going to spend it making cookies :)

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