Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Sugar Cookies @ the Dille House

"Oh Christmas Cookies, Oh Christmas Cookies, how lovely that you taste!"

Every year at Christmas time we make LOADS and LOADS of Christmas goodies with a majority of them being Sugar Cookies.  The recipe we use is from a very old Betty Crocker cookbook and the recipe is called "Ethel's Sugar Cookies".  Its the recipe we have used ever since I was little. 
I'm not going to lie...I eat a LOT of this raw.

We always makes tons of batches of these cookies as obviously one batch would not be enough.  I believe we made about 6 batches this year and then ended up making an extra batch because we felt like we didn't have enough.  I am not really sure how this happened as you can tell by the pictures, we had PLENTY. 
This was about half way through....
We also use some really old school cookies cutters, along with a few new ones I pick up every year.  This year we went out of the box and added 2 Batman cookies cutters and 1 Superman cookie cutter.  I had bought these for Carlos' birthday in September this year.
Most of our cookie cutters....

Each of us girls take a big tin to work to share with our friends and coworkers and we also took a bunch to Dad's Dialysis Nurses as well.  They loved them also.  A few years ago I also started making everyone use piping bags to decorate the cookies rather than just slathering the icing on with a knife.  Mom of course, has always fought this.  This year she used her first piping bag and then said "that's it, we cant go back to using a knife, these are just too pretty". 

It got a bit hectic....

So, I guess that means I need to stock up on more #2 tips since that was the one used the most.  Below is the recipe that we use for the sugar cookies and the icing.  We don't use royal icing but may use it next year as an experiment. 

My Mom and my sister Sara (the socks and tree department).

My brother-in-law Carlos (the mostly superhero and a few bells department).

I was the "Snowflakes, Gingerbread Men and Snowmen" department.

We have ALWAYS used this icing recipe so I don't really see us changing it but because you cant "flood" the cookies, we might use royal icing next year. 

Sara's finished Christmas Trees

Did you make Christmas cookies? What all do you make? We also made Monster Cookies, Peanut Butter Fudge, Chocolate Fudge, Snickerdoodles and more pies (Pumpkin, Pecan, Cheesecake, Cherry Cheesecake) and cakes (Angel Food, Watergate, Pumpkin Logs) than any one family could actually consume.   Let me know if you want the recipes for anything else and I will try to get them for you.
Soooooo many cookies!!! (That's my Rudolph)

Ethel's Sugar Cookies

3/4 Cup Shortening (part butter)
1 Cup White Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt

Mix well the shortening, sugar, eggs and flavoring.  Measure flour by dip-level-pour method or by sifting.  Blend flour, baking powder, and salt; stir in.  Chill at least 1 hour.  Heat oven to 400F.  Roll 1/8" thick on floured surface, cut out with about a 3" cookie cutter.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 6 to 8 minutes.

Makes about 4 dozen.
My Dad is a real jokester.....
Carlos, Me and Dad