The week of cookies has begun!
Every Christmas my Grandma would make our whole family our very own tins of her homemade cookies. Every Christmas I would eat mine in approximately .5 days.
These posts are not to make you want even more sweets after you are probably already sweeted out, but it is to share a family tradition. I’m not sure that I will be able to share all the recipes before Christmas since I also have to bake them, but I thought to kick off this Monday I would share my first completed batch (I have now taken over the cookie baking tradition as it’s more than enough for me to handle so I can’t imagine how much work for my Grandma this would be, but I use her authentic recipes and do not stray from the list).
First up, the Christmas Cookie Wonderland. I made these first as they are the most work since it involves rolling out Christmas shapes. I even have my Grandma’s cookie cutters.
A key ingredient when rolling out cookies and trying desperately not to ruin the shapes while doing so is LOTS of flour and a glass of vino.
But only one glass, because you do want the cookies to come out well, baking is an exact science after all.
Ready for colored sprinkles and candied cherries…
One batch down……………ummm just a few more to go….yikes….
Happy Baking! Tell me about your family traditions!
Christmas Cookie Wonderland
Makes around 3 – 4 dozen
• 1 cup shortening
• 2/3 cup sugar
• 1 ¼ tsp salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tsp almond extract
• 2 eggs
• 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
• Bell, star and wreath cookie cutters
• Egg white
• Colored sugars
• Candied cherries
1. Combine and beat thoroughly shortening, sugar, salt, extracts and eggs. Add in flour and mix well.
2. Roll small portions of dough 1/4” or 1/8” thick on floured board. Cut with assorted cookie cutters. Place 1” apart on greased baking sheet. Brush with egg white. Sprinkle with colored sugars and candied cherry bits.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes until light brown.