I love sugar cookies anytime of the year, but there is something special about making them at Christmastime. These cookies bring back wonderful memories as I have been making this recipe with my mom since I was a little girl. I helped her decorate these then and I love them just as much today!
Christmas Sugar Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream together shortening, sugar and vanilla. Then add eggs and beat for about 1 minute, making sure all is creamy.
Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
Divide dough into 4 bowls or separate in large bowl and chill for 1 hour.
Let dough sit out for about 20 minutes. Then roll out on floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
Bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes then put on wire rack.
Homemade Pecan Brittle in the microwave…so easy.
I am posting the recipe for you. Keep in mind you really must adjust to your microwave, as some microwaves cook faster than others. Mine tended to cook a little faster as I have my setting at 100%.
This is my copy of the recipe…
If you find that copy hard to read, I added it below! Try this recipe! It really is easy once you know your microwave temps. I adjusted mine a bit over the years. I usually make 2 batches as the first one comes out a little dark.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup of lite Karo syrup
1 cup pecan pieces or halves
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Microwave the 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of Karo on high for 4 minutes using a clear medium glass bowl (I did it for 3 in my microwave)
Take out then stir in pecans. Put back in microwave for 5-7 minutes or until lightly brown. My microwave took about 4 minutes to get light brown.
Remove and stir in butter, vanilla and microwave for 1 more minute.
Remove and add in the baking soda. Stir together then quickly put on baking sheet. I let the brittle slide from side to side until it evens out. In a few minutes you will have pecan brittle that is easy to break and serve to your friends!
I love Sallys Baking Addiction and her seasonal cookie palooza. Every day she posts new cookies and I come home ready to start baking! I would love to try them all.
Since I can’t do that, I choose my favorites and try to at least make a few each holiday season. She had these cookies on her blog a few years ago and I tried them for a cookie exchange. I absolutely fell in love with these and so did everyone who tried them.
I am attaching her link to the recipe for you to try yourself. I also have it listed under cookies on this blog. I think you will enjoy these as much as I do. And by the way…my house smells amazing today!
M&M Cookies and Milk
2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup + 2 tsp of light brown sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tsp of sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening (or butter flavor shortening) I use Crisco.
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup M&Ms
Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl
Beat the shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla together in mixer. Add the eggs, then slowly pour in the dry ingredients.
Stir in the M&Ms by hand and drop on cookie sheet. I add extra M&Ms on top!
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (depending on your oven) or until just golden brown. Cool then place on wire rack.
…holiday baking with my girls
…Christmas work parties and celebrations with family
…decorating our Christmas tree together while watching White Christmas
…all of us in the kitchen together preparing our Christmas lunch
…reading the Christmas story before opening gifts
…because Jesus is the Reason for the Season…
For Unto Us A Savior Is Born!
…or Sugar cookies! I love looking back on Christmas as a child and the memories that were made during the holidays. My mom made many different sweets over the years, and all were delicious! But one of my favorites was her sugar cookies. My three sisters and I loved when she made these.
I loved to stay up late with her and help decorate. The TV would be on in the background, my dad asleep by now in the chair and my mom in the kitchen baking away.
What a privilege it was to be able to pass this recipe on to my three girls and create our own memories of baking and decorating cookies. I may not have my three little girls beside me in the kitchen, but I was blessed to have my 19-year old help me tonight!
...cause no matter how far away you roam
when you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
for the holidays you can’t beat Home Sweet Home!
We are celebrating Christmas with both sides of our family this weekend…so the countdown has begun! I have 2 days to get all gifts purchased, Christmas desserts made and my contribution for dinner ready!
Chocolate covered peanuts are always on my list of baked goods. First..because they are really tasty, and so hard to stop eating! Second…because they are so easy to make! I am all about that when I am trying to bake all day!!
I also always make Peanut Butter Balls. My father-in-law loves these, so I
make sure and bring to any family function during the holidays.
If you want your Chocolate to have a pretty shine, you can always temper the chocolate. I have not tried that yet, so I am not sure how easy it is. Or you can add paraffin wax, just a small amount. And it is safe to eat! 🙂 I just put a tiny amount in and it gives the chocolate a nice shine!
I had some errands to run and asked my daughter, Claire to shape the peanut butter mixture into balls for me. She said she could not make them into perfect round shapes. I told her to practice, practice, practice as I walked out the door. 🙂