Friday, December 24, 2010

Grandma Norm's Famous Holiday Sugar Cookes

Nothing says Christmas like beautifully decorated sugar cookies!  Each year we make and bake off a batch of these buttery cookies.  It just wouldn't be Christmas without them.
Below you will see what happens when 3 art school kids get hold of sugar cooke dough.  I can't find the naked women cookies, but be assured that I will post them when they surface.  In the meantime, here is my mother-in-law's famous recipe, along with photos.  Enjoy!

Grandma Norm’s Xmas Sugar Cookies


2 cups sugar
2 cups butter
3 eggs
6 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 slightly rounded teaspoon salt
1 tsp vanilla
½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
finely chopped zest from one-two lemons (optional)

Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy.  Add eggs, vanilla, and optional ingredients.  Gradually add flour.  The dough will become very dry.
Cover and refrigerate until dough is chilled through. 

Roll dough in roughly one cup increments to ¼ inch thickness.  Use a dusting of flour on work surface and rolling pin to prevent sticking. 
Cut cookie shapes and place on cooking baking sheet.  You may wish to place on parchment paper or a silpat.

Bake at 350 for 8=12 minutes, depending on personal preference.

Frost and decorate!

*Optional ingredients were added by Leslie to this recipe over the years to adjust for taste.

a custom designed cookie depicting our Schnauzer, Bizzi
I'm sure you all remember the Furby craze....

the contoured pear
Claire at the cookie decorating station

Claire frosts cookies while Natalie supervises

a selection of fantastic cookies

Luren offers a selection to her father

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