Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 19: Grandma's Butter Cookies

Well, in my case my Great-Grandma's Butter Cookies. These recipe comes from my Mom's grandma, and it is a Christmas staple at my parents' house. I cannot remember a single Christmas growing up where we did not have these cookies.

The cookies are crispy and sweet, and just melt in your mouth when you take a bite. Adorned in red and green sprinkles, they might just be the perfect cookie to leave out for Santa!

If you want to make them though, you will have to plan ahead. The dough needs to chill before you can roll and bake them. I whipped up the dough this morning (after making a quick batch of my favorite scones), and threw it in the fridge. It was perfect when we got home from church!

Once the dough is ready, you roll it into 1-inch balls.

Please excuse my crazy hair. I may have gone for a run after church, and may have skipped washing it afterward. (Shhh... Don't tell my Business Man.)

Then, roll the balls in sugar. Any sugar will do, but I like to mix some red and green decorating sugar into my white sugar so the cookies become all Christmasy-like.

Then, you flatten the cookie with the bottom of a glass. You're looking for about a 1/2-inch thick here. (If you flatten it too much, you will have flaaaaat cookies.)

Then, bake, and eat! And enjoy!

Now I'm off to not get ready for school tomorrow. Woot woot for Christmas break! Stay tuned for a fruity cookie tomorrow!

Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt


Cream together butter, oil, sugar, and powdered sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Chill until firm. (At least 4 hours.) Roll dough into one-inch balls, and then into sugar. Flatten with the bottom of a large glass. Bake at 350*F for 10-12 minutes.


Isaac, Rachel, Sam, Caleb, and Grace Wofford said...

You must do a LOT of running to do all this baking and stay thin!

Sara said...

Oh, not that much... ;-) I'm getting in about 35 miles a week, where back in college it was more like 45-50.

And to be honest, I'm getting to the point where cookies don't even sound that great. Which is not so much fun right before Christmas!

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