Making memories is the best part of the holiday season, but it can be tough to enjoy that process sometimes. This time of year is joyous, but it’s also incredibly stressful at times. 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.
Making Memories with Grandma’s Butter Cookies
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?
Jennifer B says
These are great ideas to prepare ahead of time. I get so stressed out and exhausted at Christmas but I do try to get as much done ahead of time as possible. 🙂
Lisa Jacqueline Lewis says
What a special shopping trip! Who doesn’t love Costco, especially during the holidays! Bravo! Great photos!
Lisa Nolan says
I think a shopping trip to Costco is in order! So many great products to stock up on for the holidays!
Nicole Hattar says
Great ways to prepare for the Holiday! I can’t wait for Costco to open in Yorktown! Those cookies look delicious!
Cristi Comes says
What a lovely holiday tradition making cookies together. I’ve never used one of those cookie guns but the cookies turned out so cute, and you’ve got everything you need for clean up! #client
Whitney Ramirez says
How sweet that you still have your grandmother’s handwritten recipe! I could be better about stocking up on supplies for when guests come over 🙂 Thanks for the tips!
I didn’t like Costco at first, but now I love the great deals, the fun seasonal finds and I love to stock my pantry (this is so important with a family of 5!!) we even bought our playscape from Costco!
LOVE THESE TIPS.
Our holidays were slow and simple—until the child got older 🙂
Love the pictures and yes holidays are the best time to make memories with the family.
melissa @ Married My Sugar daddy says
So many great tips! I love the holidays but DEFINITELY need to be prepared for all the ensuing mess!
Hollie Schultz says
I LOVE Costco and we used to make those cookies ALL THE TIME as kids! 🙂
such sweet little faces! PS I LOVE COOKIES SO MUCH
This is why I love the holidays. And having plenty of cleaning supplies on hand is SO key.
Sarah Hughes says
I ALWAYS run out of paper towels whenever we are hosting for a holiday. That and aluminum foil, it’s ridiculous!! Great tips and love the cute pictures of the girls!
I have to laugh! I have the SAME cookie gun that was handed down to me from my grandma. This is my favorite cookie to make at the holidays because it brings back so many memories!
Those cookies look delicious!
Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says
I enjoyed reading this. I love that you still have the recipe in her handwriting — what a treasure.
I freaking love COSTCO! These are great tips for the busy holiday season!
Shelly Peterson says
My Grandma and Mom made these cookies when I was little. I love baking with my grandsons.
Lisa Joy Thompson says
These cookies look delicious! I try to make cookie dough ahead of time that I keep in the freezer. That way if I need to bring cookies last minute I have some I can whip up easily. I also keep a few wrapped gifts that can be given to someone I forgot just in case.
Jamie Lentz says
These look so great– thank you for sharing!
starchelle haynes says
I love butter cookies looking good
Michael DeFren says
Those look great, im gonna try with my kids
Kathy Stevens Ring says
Love your organizational skills. I have done these every year and enjoy making them so much. It’s brings the added touch to Christmas!
Dana Rodriguez says
Those look really good. We got a Costco a couple of years ago but when we considered the major hassle to get to it and it just really didn’t make sense for only 2 people so we let our membership lapse. They do have great prices though if you have a big family!
Dorothy Boucher says
What a fantastic post here, this just makes me want to grab my grandchildren and start making cookies. I love the recipe you have here and those tools you are using to make those cookies, really nice!
Betsy Barnes says
Such a cool recipe to have fun with during the holidays!
I love butter cookies.
Dorothy Boucher says
Love the recipe here and its fun! making cookies with the family.
Tracie Cooper says
I have lots of holiday memories making butter cookies with my grandma! I would love to make this recipe with my nieces!
Kristin C says
I love making cookies with my kids during the holidays!
Debbie P says
These cookies sounds so good and are very simple! Thanks.
Cassandra D says
Looks like a wonderful recipe.
Tracie Cooper says
I love to make butter cookies with my nieces!
What a great post! I love the use of the cookie gun. But what I love most of all has got to be the photo of the original recipe, in Grandma’s handwriting.
Mary Gardner says
These are so pretty and look really tasty as well. I know it feels special to have and make your grandmother’s recipe. Thanks for sharing it! I need to make a Costco run now.
Shannon Holmes says
These cookies look so yummy and you are creating memories. Thanks for this share and happy holidays!
Antoinette M says
How special to have this recipe from your grandmother! My daughter and I love baking cookies, too.
Peggy Nunn says
This is great. I love making memories with the girls. Thank you for the recipe.
Tamra Phelps says
These sound like really good cookies. I’ll give it a try way before Christmas. I can’t wait that long, lol.
Tamra Phelps says
These sound like great cookies. They’d be especially nice to leave for Santa.
Hannah Chase says
This is so special and the cookies look delicious!