The holidays can be really overwhelming. It seems like these days there are more and more “must do” activities that even your favorite family traditions can start to seem more like something that needs to be done as opposed to something you look forward to doing.
I have really fond memories of baking Christmas cookies with my mom growing up. She would make 4-5 different kinds of holiday treats every year. This was something that I really wanted to do with my boys as well, but each year I just found that I kept running out of time to do it all and then I felt like I had failed on a family tradition.
As with everything else in parenting, the more you do it, the more you learn. One thing I have learned is it isn’t always about making the most fancy cookies, or pinterest perfect projects, but rather just the time spent with the family. That’s why I’ve decided to keep my holiday cookies very simple this year. Maybe when the boys get older and are able to help more, then we will do more of my mother’s recipes, but for now these easy holiday sugar cookies are just perfect.
This easy holiday sugar cookies recipe actually comes from the back of a Gold Metal Flour Package. For the frosting you can use either store bought (remember… it’s about the time spent together doing, not how much time you spent making it that counts), or if I have a few extra minutes I will do a simple powdered sugar recipe that my mom taught me and we used to decorate gingerbread people growing up.
- 2¾ cup of flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup butter, soft (2 sticks)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp almond extract (the original recipe calls for vanilla, but I love the flavor of almond in these)
- Preheat oven to 375. In a bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder. Set aside.
- In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
- Roll 1 tsp of dough into balls and place onto ungreased cookies sheet.
- Bake for about 8 minutes or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Once the cookies have cooled you can start decorating. My boys love to help mix the ingredients, spread the frosting, and add the sprinkles. And in the end, it was their smiles that made the process worth it, not how much time I spent creating something.
What is your favorite holiday cookie?
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