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December 23, 2014

willela's christmas cookies

For me, one of the special parts about celebrating Christmas as an adult is being able to share family traditions with the family I've created. Ever since Heather & I moved in together I've been grandfathered into a couple of her family's holiday traditions, these cookies being one of them. I always made Christmas cookies growing up, but Heather's family makes a very specific cookie every year. We're calling them "Willela's Christmas Cookies" since the tradition started with Heather's granny, Willela. The recipe makes a versatile sugar cookie - buttery & sweet, & perfect for decorating.

Ingredients // 

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs, unbeaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sprinkles

Directions // 
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease cookie sheets.
  2. Cream butter & sugar together in a large bowl. 
  3. Mix in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract & baking soda. 
  5. Mix in the flour one half cup at a time. 
  6. Roll out cookie dough on floured surface with a cold rolling pin. The dough should be 1/4 inch in thickness. 
  7. Cut out cookies with cookie cutters & place on pan (cookies do not spread, so they can be placed close together, but not touching). Decorate!
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. 

This will be my last post before Christmas & I just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday & merry time. I hope you get to spend the winter day warm & dry & with someone you love. 


[Bonus picture of the dog being very watchful of our cookie making. I think she was disappointed we made no doggie cookies.]

Related // These cookies perfectly compliment hot cocoa.  

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