Christmas Sugar Cookies

Mama Kay’s grandchildren liked sweeter cookies than she typically made, so in later years, she began using neighbor Betsy Weyel’s recipe that included a frosting. Every Christmas season, children gathered round Mama Kay’s kitchen table to decorate cookies.  Some were decorated with sprinkles prior to cooking.  Others were frosted and then decorated.   The frosted ones are Tyler’s favorite holiday cookie.

BATTER:           ½ c. butter

1 c. sugar

1 beaten egg

1 T. heavy cream

½ t. vanilla

¼ t. salt

2 t. baking powder

1 ¾ c. + 2 T. flour

Mix salt, baking powder and flour.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg.  Then add cream and vanilla.  Add flour mixture.  Form into ball.  Wrap in waxed paper or Saran wrap and chill thoroughly.

On floured surface, roll dough to ¼” to ½” thickness.  Use cookie cutters.

Bake 5-8 minutes, depending upon thickness.

FROSTING:         Spread thin layer on back side of cookie.

1 stick butter, melted

1 box powered sugar

1 t. vanilla

Bit of milk

Mix in pan on stove.  Add milk, tablespoon at a time, to achieve desired consistency.  Place white frosting in small bowls and add desired food coloring.   If frosting hardens in bowl, add milk and blend.


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2 Responses to “Christmas Sugar Cookies”

  1. Tyler K Cleveland Says:

    I am so grateful for all these recipes, Amy, especially this one!!! I remember those moments spent preparing the cookies before the Christmas meal- my fondness for the memories of cousins gathering in the brick-walled kitchen, a love for the simple yet delicious recipes of the older generation never outdone by a love for each other as a growing family, our generation which continues to uphold traditions, recipes and food that will forever satisfy hearts at the family table. Not to mention, these sugar cookies taste amazingly good; I can’t wait to make them! My greatest thanks to everyone who has contributed to the compilation of recipes!!!

    Tyler K

  2. Susan Keehn Says:

    Aw, such sweet memories–both of Mama Kay and of wonderful neighbors in Seguin. So happy you are carrying on with the tradition, Amykins!

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