Drumroll, please. I now present to you the BEST holiday cut-out cookie recipe ever! Since the dough needs to chill 2-3 hours before you can “cut ’em out” with cookie cutters and bake them, my mom whipped up the dough while I was on my run with Natalie in the frigid temps (we totally almost wiped out in the state park, where we were running in the middle of ice-covered streets) . Now that’s teamwork.
Butter Cut-Out Cookies
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon orange juice, already mixed (yes, you read correctly…orange juice!)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
Mix all ingredients. Chill 2-3 hours. Then, roll and cut out. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-10 minutes on a greased cookie sheet (make sure these babies don’t burn!…happened Last Christmas). Frost & decorate!
I love cookie-cutters. It’s so fun to decide which ones to use…and which ones NOT to (such as the lips meant for decorating Valentine’s Day cookies that my mom wanted to use for Christmas…perhaps she was thinking about kissing underneath the mistletoe? 🙂 )
Here are a few of our masterpieces…
Oh, and we must not forget Andrew‘s works of art:
Exhibit A.) cyclops bear (one of Conan’s recent episodes featured a cyclops snowman as part of his set’s holiday decor…Andrew wanted to pay “it” tribute)
(I am sorry to inform you that cyclops bear only lived about 1 1/2 minutes…my dad, unfortunately, took his life.)
Exhibit B.) Andrew‘s plain & simp bell. Who needs color on Christmas?
As bad as I felt about this broken heart, I may or may not have eaten part of it…
And now, a quick lesson from my dad on the proper way to decorate a cut-out cookie.
Step 1.) Pick up the plate that you have been decorating cookies on.
Step 2.) Tilt & pour.
Lessons Learned Today:
- It’s a must to make a cookie fully decorated in red hots from my lovely godmother, Marcia (next year, I promise!)
- Don’t tell Andrew there is a hiatus in the decorating process or you’ll lose him to the “man cave.”
- How to properly pronounce hiatus. (Though I’m still not sure.)
- That It’s a Wonderful Life is a fantastic movie. (And that my sister finds this to be a really emotionally-moving film.)
- That Scandinavian tradition holds that sprinkling your front stoop with bird seed on Christmas morning will bring you good luck in the coming year (thanks, Marcia – my godmother who is literally the smartest person I know 🙂 )
- Silent Night, at the end of the Christmas Eve church service, will always, always, always make me tear up.
- Jesus Christ is born in Bethlehem – and came into this world to save us all…because He loves YOU more than you could possibly imagine. (I didn’t learn this today, but the Christmas Eve church service reminded me again how blessed I am to be a child of God!)
Happy holidays! Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah (a little late), and Happy Festivus to the rest of us. 🙂 May lots of laughter with friends and family and good chow abound!