The holidays can be overwhelming and I find the best advice I can offer you is to be prepared and plan ahead. This way, you can spend most of your time making holiday memories with your family. We start at the beginning of December by putting up the tree so that we have plenty of time for more family traditions.
By buying everyday household products in advance, I have more time to enjoy holiday traditions such as baking my grandmother’s favorite butter cookies with my girls.
I have seen variations of this recipe where you can color the dough and add other flavors but I choose to keep them simple. That is how grandma liked them! Here is the recipe in her handwriting.
Butter Cookie Recipe
4 cups of sifted flour
1 cup sugar
1 lb butter – room temperature
Everyone should wash hands really well. You will be mixing the dough with your hands so this is important.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Instead of putting a cup at a time into the sifter, I put a 1/2 cup at a time so that they get more turns sifting.
Kids love to sift. I have two different kinds for them to use.
Crack the egg in another bowl to avoid getting shells in the mix.
You cannot mix with a mixer.
Once all ingredients have been added, you will need to mix with your hands.
It takes about 5 minutes to get the dough completely mixed.
I love using the cookie gun. The one pictured is similar to one that my grandmother had. It takes a few times but I found a click and a half click creates the perfect amount of dough.
While the cookies are in the oven, it is time to clean up the mess.
We stat off wiping the table crumbs with Bounty Paper Towels.
How will you be preparing ahead of time so that you can enjoy the holidays and all of your family traditions?