Family Recipe: Christmas Cutout Cookies
“Did you get a bell?” “Here’s a Santa.”
Whether I’ve been 8 or 28, decorating Christmas cutout cookies has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions.
My cousin, brother, sister and I sit around the kitchen table in front of our individual sheets of wax paper and wait patiently, while my mom frosts the cookies and doles them out to each of us, careful to make sure we’ve all received one of each shape.
We make stars, bells, stockings, Santa and Santa’s sleighs, and more. And thanks to my mom’s curated Tupperware full of sprinkles, we have dozens of sprinkles to chose from including rainbow nonpareils, red and green sanding sugar and even mini snowflakes.
Since we’ve been decorating these cookies for (easily) the past 25+ Christmases, I have a lot of fun memories of the “process” from over the years.
I remember, when we were young children, my mom teaching us to gently shake, not dump, the sprinkles out of their plastic containers. I remember the three girl cousins (me, my sister and my cousin) half cringing, half laughing when, in later years, my younger brother would drag his last frosted cookie across his sheet of wax paper to collect any and all sprinkles that had fallen off other creations. (The end result, though not the most appetizing to look at, always had the most style. And little did we know at the time, his out-of-the-box thinking was an early sign of his artistic talent.) I remember looking at photos from our teen years of “us kids” (as we called ourselves), acne, braces and all smiling ear to ear as we iced our treats around Grandma’s table.
Our group of four cousins, now in our 20s and 30s, will be together for cookie decorating once again this year. We’ll need a few more sheets of wax paper since our significant others will also join us around Grandma’s kitchen table. I can’t wait. I can already tell that this too will be a memory that I’ll look back on and smile about 25+ years from now.
Here are the recipe we use to make our cookies:
CHRISTMAS CUTOUT COOKIES
- 2 sticks butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 c. sugar
- 2 1/2 c. flour (sifted)
- 2 eggs
Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add unbeaten eggs, beating after each one. Add vanilla. Blend thoroughly. Add flour. Chill overnight in refrigerator. Roll out small amount of dough at a time to 1/8 inch thickness to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut cookies with cookie cutters .Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
We use Domino Sugar’s recipe:
- 3 3/4 cups – (1 lb. box) Domino® Confectioners Sugar
- 1/2 cup – butter (1 stick), softened
- 3 to 4 tablespoons – milk
- 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
In a large bowl with electric mixer at low speed, combine sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat at medium speed 1 to 2 minutes until creamy. If desired, add more milk until frosting is spreading consistency.