I would like to share some beautiful Christmas Cookies that are more like art to me than cookies. My Grandma’s neighbor, Marsha, is truly an artist. She makes the most gorgeous beaded jewelry you will ever lay your eyes on. I wish you could see her beautiful work, but since you can’t you’ll just have to take my word for how beautiful it is. Whatever Marsha works on whether it’s her cooking, bead work jewelry, decorating, yard work or just about anything, she puts a special touch on it to make it Magnificent!
One Christmas, Marsha brought my Grandma some of the most ornate designed Christmas cookies presented nicely in a Christmas basket. I have to admit I won’t be posting all the pictures because some of them got eaten before my mom could get there to take the pictures! The flavor matched the beauty. My mom asked her if we could share her recipe on our web site and this is her email below.
Hi Juliette, These are called No Fail Sugar Cookies. What you have to have is a dough that doesn’t spread and this one has never spread for me.
-6 cups of flour
-2 tsp. Vanilla
-3 tsp. baking powder
-1 tsp. salt
-2 cups of granulated sugar
-2 cups of butter (4 sticks)
-2 eggs Large
All ingredients should be at room temperature.
1.Cream sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 mins.. Add eggs and flavoring I don’t use vanilla like it says or salt if I buy lightly salted butter. I put in 3 tablespoons of Almond extract instead.
Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to butter mixture a little at a time. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.
2. Now put a handful on a floured surface and roll out to about 1/4 inch. Cut them out and bake at 350 for 11 mins or until the bottoms are brown. Let cool on rack before you decorate.
I use Wilton recipe for the Royal Icing
You will need to buy Wilton Meringue Powder
at Michaels or Amazon.
In a med. bowl
3 tablespoons of Wilton Meringue Powder
4 cups of confectioner’s sugar (powdered) 1lb. box is perfect.
6 tablespoons of water
3 tablespoons of almond extract.
Beat all ingredients at a low speed for 7-10 mins. until icing forms peaks.
The consistency for the base of the cookie should be pourable. But for the piping you will need it much firmer.
Hope you enjoy them…Marsha
Since my Grandma passed away a few months ago I wanted to share this as a special memory I had with her at Christmas. My Grandma was the most beautiful, loving, talented person I’ve ever known. Everyone who met her loved her. She loved to make things and give them away just to make people happy. She loved Christmas and baking, especially Christmas cookies! Her mom, my Great Grandma, would take orders from her neighbors and bake her famous cookies, cakes, pies and sweet rolls for Christmas to make extra money for the holidays. My Grandma would help her bake and has passed down some of these recipes to us over the years. I guess the love of baking to make people smile is a genetic thing in our family! Love and miss you Grandma!