Fridays Are For… Christmas Cookies!

I’m feeling festive! We are headed to a cookie swap tonight, so I figured I would do a little online cookie-swapping today to get in the mood.

These are my all-time favorite Christmas cookies. My aunt gave me The Joy of Cooking years ago as a Christmas gift, and inside the back flap she inscribed this recipe. I assumed that it was a family recipe, but when I asked my mom who Mary was, she didn’t know. So that’s the end of that story. Whoever it was, she knew what was up.

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There weren’t any instructions about mixing and sifting and what-not. I assume you mix the wet ingredients first and then add the dry ingredients, but I have been known to toss it all in a mixer at once, and it turns out just fine. Also: I think the special ingredient here is the cream of tartar. As soon as I opened the sealed jar and smelled the creamy tartary-ness, I immediately craved these cookies. Delicious.

Mary’s Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 t. soda
1 t. cream of tartar

Refridgerate for 2-3 hours.
Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.

Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 T. melted butter
1 t. vanilla
enough water or cream to make it thin (about 4 T.)

And then devour. I usually can’t even wait until the frosting has dried.
(These are the Minnesota version, thank to Kaitlin!)

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I will be swapping cookies today LoveFeast Table and Leanne Penny. Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “Fridays Are For… Christmas Cookies!

  1. Pingback: Grandma Verkaik’s Sugar Cookies (a Christmas Cookie Exchange Link-up) | Leanne Penny

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