This time of year there are so many fun activites to do to create traditions with family and friends. One of our favorites is to bake Christmas cookies. It’s fun and creates a special home made gift to give to people on your Christmas list.  This was the first year we started the tradition with our littles and it turned out to be a fun activity for them too! We chose a yummy traditonal sugar cookie, a recipe that has been in my husbands family for some time. We especially love the way snowflake cookies look when they are done and ready to serve, so we brought out different size variations to go along with our theme.

Cookie cutter variation


3/4 cup shortening

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp lemon extract (whichever flavor you prefer)

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powdr

1tsp salt

Mix the shortening, sugar, eggs, and flavoring first.  Blend in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll dough  1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface.  Cut dough into desired shapes.  Place on ungreased baking sheet and back for 6-8 min or until lightly browned.

Edie rolling dough 2

Edie cookie cutting

This year my daughter Edie seems to be the perfect age of 2 1/2 to be mommy’s little helper.   She loved getting in the action to roll out the dough, and use the cookie cutter.

out of the oven

Once they cool off a bit…It’s time for the icing.


Here’s a peek at the finished productFinished 1 finished 2

And last but not least the much anticipated taste test by our little beijinho Court.

taste test

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