Yesterday I made Christmas cookies with my toddler using an old recipe from my great grandmother. While the cookies baked we all watch Rudolph the Red Nose Raindear as another 8" of snow fell outside. It was one of those perfect, perfect moments I will cherish even when I am old and gray. (I also, didn't remember all the characters in Rudolph being such jerks. Seriously, Don Draper looks like a little bunny rabbit compared to Rudolph's dad. Gotta love the 60's.)
But back to the cookies. My mother would make these every Christmas and all us kids would decorate them with sprinkles. With our Christmas party on Saturday, I thought this would be the prefect year to bring the tradition to my own family. The recipe is beyond easy and the cookies are as advertized...butter cookies, requiring nearly two sticks of butter. Yum!
3/4 lb butter
7/8 cup of sugar
4 cups of flour*
1 tsp vanilla extract
*I found the best gluten free flour! It is by no means Paleo or anything like that but it totally gluten free and I swear the cookies taste exactly the same. It is called Cup 4 cup and can be found here.
1. Cream butter and sugar together, then add flour, eggs and vanilla.
2. Stuff dough into a cookie press and go to town pressing cookies. (If you haven't used a cookie press before they are super easy and actually quite fun. Here are a bunch of options on Amazon.)
3. Decorate as you like.
4. Bake in oven at 350˚ for 14-16 min depending on how thick each cookies is.
Here we are going at it yesterday.