It’s no secret that I don’t like to cook. However, I do love to bake—especially with enthusiastic, energetic people . . . like kids.
While I was in Ohio a couple of weeks ago visiting my sister and her gang, we made our family’s favorite Christmas cookies. My nephews, Ian, 9, and Graham, 4, did most of the work, but we managed to get my sister to help when it came time to “paint” the cookies.
Here that top-secret family recipe and some photos of our baking team in action.
Laura’s Mom’s Roll-Out-and-Paint Christmas Cookies
½ c butter
1 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 c all purpose flour
Cream sugar and butter together. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients well. Fold into sugar and butter mixture. Chill for one hour.*
Roll out dough to a thickness of approximately ¼ inch, cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
Bake at 400°F for approximately 8 minutes.
Let cookies cool on baking racks. Once they’re cool, grab a clean paintbrush and go to workl
Makes 4 dozen.**
*The dough—but it’s OK if you kick back, too.
**I usually double the recipe (but use just one egg)
I usually make this up as I go along, but here’s a place to start—just adjust to taste.
3 c powdered sugar (maybe more)
1 T butter or margarine
vanilla or lemon juice to taste (probably 1 tsp) (sometimes I use powdered lemonade
if I don’t have juice)
Work butter into sugar. Add water until mixture becomes fluid. Add vanilla or lemon juice.
Continue to stir until mixture is smooth and the consistency of thick paint.
Paint the icing on cooled cookies. (We use clean paintbrushes.)
Let icing dry; then serve, and enjoy!
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