Monday, December 1, 2014

Aunt Evelyn's Christmas cookies

Aunt Evelyn's Christmas cookies

Some of my fondest Christmas memories as a child are going to Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Harold's place for New Year's Day to watch the parades on TV.  Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Harold had a color TV, so it was something wonderful to see all the beautiful floats in color!!!  One of Aunt Evelyn's holiday specialties was her frosted sugar cookies.  Baking and decorating the cut cookies will always be some of my fondest memories - even though most of the kids hated decorating them :)  One of the funniest memories was watching Shane and Stef try to teach some missionaries the find art of decorating cookies correctly.

Aunt Evelyn’s Christmas Cookies

Cream together:
2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup sour cream
Beat in:
2 eggs
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla
Stir together in a small bowl:
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking power
1 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour
Add the dry ingredients to creamed ingredients
Add 2 additional cups of flour, one at a time, mixing thoroughly before adding 2nd cup
Let cool 1 – 2 hours –do not cut this step
Roll out to about 1/4 inch – these are a little thicker than normal
Cut and bake at 350°F just until the edges start to take color.
This batch makes lots of cookies!

Cool and frost with the following:

2 oz cream cheese - softened
1/4 cup – softened
1/2 cup half and half
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Enough powdered sugar to make thin frosting
Add coloring as desired

The cookies are better after they have been frozen.  It is tradition to add red hots as part of the decorations :)

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