It seems all of the magazines this time of year have dozens of different types of cookies splashed across their pages. They are all pretty, mouthwatering and no doubt incredibly yummy. As a cookie connoisseur myself, I would love to bake them all. Despite all the new fancy recopies, I always come back to this staple in my family’s house: the sugar cookie.
My mom, sister and I have been making this recipe pretty much my entire life. When I was 3, my preschool teacher asked my mother if she’d make some cookies for our Christmas party. She gave her a recipe. And a tradition was born. Every year the three of us would make these with my dad acting as the official taste tester. It’s a rough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
1 C butter
1 C sugar
1 C powdered sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 C vegetable oil
4 ¼ C sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix all the dry ingredients together with a wisk. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and oil. Add dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix well. Drop by teaspoon onto a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Bake 9-12 mins at 350. Makes 7 dozen.
Or you can let them cool completely and frost with powdered sugar frosting.
Powdered sugar frosting
Heaping Tbl of soft butter
2 C powdered sugar
Add milk slowing to make right consistency
1 Tbl vanilla
Mix with mixer at high until just right.
From my family to your, enjoy the treats of the season!