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Family Traditions ~ baking sugar cookies

Growing up, site one of the things I enjoyed doing the most during the holiday season, sales was baking with my dad and grandma.  We would always start a couple of days ahead of time.  We would make pies, vialis 40mg cakes and cookies. 

Cooking and baking with my dad and grandma gave me the love of baking that I have today.  


It is also important for me to pass this on to my kids as well.  I try to get them in the kitchen with me as much as possible.  My oldest son and daughter, can both cook a full meal and even bake their favorite desserts.  My younger two children, who are 8 and 6, love to help me cook supper and especially bake up a sweet treat for their dad.

Kids rolling out the sugar cookies.
Kids rolling out the sugar cookies.

One of our favorite things to bake during the Christmas season is cut-out sugar cookies.  The kids enjoy rolling the dough out and then choosing what cookie cutters to use.    We love this recipe and wanted to share it with you all.


Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar for rolling out dough

Sift the flour and set aside.  Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until creamy.  Add the egg and mix well, then add the milk and vanilla extract and mix well.  Turn your mixer on low and then add the flour a little at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Take the dough out of the bowl and divide in half.  Then take both halves and wrap with either in saran wrap or wax paper.  Chill for at least 2 hours, if not longer.  Over night would be just fine.

Preheat the over to 375.

Sprinkle a flat surface with powered sugar and then roll the dough out to 1/4 of inch.  Use your cutters to cut our your shapes.  Put on a greased pan and bake from 7-9 minutes.   Let the cookies cool a couple of minutes and then remove them from the pan.  Once the cookies have cooled, you can then eat them or decorate them with icing.  We like to make our own icing and decorate the cookies!

Kids with decorated cookies!

Do you have special dishes that you bake or cook with your kids?  I would love to hear what you cook and bake with your children!


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  • We also do sugar cookies every year. We make other treats too but we always make a big day out of the cookies 🙂 One thing we started a couple years ago is homemade decotations for the tree. No fancy store bought pretties here. lol

    • I recently wrote that 90% of the ornaments on our tree are handmade by the kids or painted by myself. It just means so much more to me having creations made by my children on our tree! Do you have a special recipe you use for your cookies?

  • We do this too! My Mother-in-Law had to teach me it was okay to let the kids and table and room get incredibly messy! That it would all wash. And it would all be worth it. We spend a few days a year squealing in laughter as we make sugar cookies, tell stories, and generally enjoy all the flour and mess with each other!

    • Beth, it took me a few years to be okay with the mess and homemade ornaments. Now? I wouldn’t change it for the world. The kids look forward to baking cookies and making ornaments every year. Oh the fun and the memories we share with one another. This is definitely my favorite time of the year. I am learning to let go and do more and make more of a mess with the kids throughout the rest of the year! Merry Christmas! 🙂

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