Making Christmas cookies was always so much fun for me. Mom had a basic recipe for her cut-out cookies and it was great to come home from school on a day she made them. With my own kids, we made a variety of Christmas cookies using the good old Betty Crocker Cookie Book that I’d received as a shower gift when I got married. The kids had a blast the first year we packaged up plates of cookies and delivered them to all our friends and acquaintances. You know it made a lasting impression on your kids when they carry on this activity as a tradition in their own families.
This clipping and the Date Pin Wheel Cookies recipe are from the same publication. Unfortunately, the very last of the instructions is missing that probably included the timing. But, I’ll just suffice it to be……bake until golden and forget about an actual amount of time.
Even though cookies are always in season, Christmas is the time we go almost cookie crazy at our house. Everybody gets into the spirit of making good things, and each of the children helps.
One recipe that’s been around our home for a long while is for plain, ordinary drop bookies. This recipe makes 24 to 30 cookies, so we usually double or triple it.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
Allow the shortening to stand in a mixing bowl at room temperature until it is soft; then add the sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Sift the baking powder, salt and flour together, and stir into the mixture in the bowl.
Have your oven at a moderate temperature of 375 to 400 F. Then drop your cookie mixture by teaspoonfuls on a well-greased baking sheet.