Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sugar Cookies

It would be much easier if I just waited till the kids were in bed to do my Christmas baking.

But where would be the mess fun in that?

Decorating sugar cookies with children can be stressful for people with control issues. Having kids has been great therapy for me. I have mostly let go of my conceptions of how things should look. The only real rules when baking is that everyone must have clean hands and noses.

Violet's cheerful trio of Christmas lights.

Margot clarified to me that "these awe NOT Gwinches. They PWINCESSES".

I tried my hand at a few, then got carried away, making a bride, a snowman, a cookie that looks like my brother-in-law (whiskers and a plaid shirt), and two wrestlers. They're hilarious.

Now I need a nap. But first I have to clean up the sticky, coloured pools of icing on my island, wash some dishes, and make some tea to go with my cookies!

Here's the recipe:

Perfect Sugar Cookies

Cream together:
1 cup Crisco (vegetable shortening)
1 cup sugar
Then add:
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

In another bowl, combine:
2 1/2 cups flour (I used gluten-free)
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix dry ingredients with wet, then roll out till 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes! Bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the tops are no longer shiny.

These can be delicate, so move carefully onto a cooling rack. Mix icing sugar with water and colour to create glazes. Let your kids do it. It doesn't matter what they look like...they taste exactly as a sugar cookie should!


  1. I love having the kids help with sugar cookies.Looks like fun and thanks for the recipe!

  2. Thanks for the recipe! I let the kids decorate cookies, too, although my youngest is content to decorate one cookie, lick off the icing, and repeat, repeat, repeat! Fun times.

    PS...pls post a picture of the wrestler cookies!

  3. We haven't begun the Christmas baking yet...but you are inspiring me! The question I have is are you baking these for Christmas or just to enjoy now? I have baked early and frozen cookies, but it doesn't always work well with iced sugar cookies. Margot looks just like Genevieve baking. As little clothes as possible make all the difference!

  4. Your only real rules are clean hands and clean noses? Is "nearly naked" also a rule? Perhaps this enables you to also enforce the "clean belly-button" rule!

    As a child, when I baked cookies with my best friend for holiday gifts, we made a passel of space-aliens. We colored the cookie-people completely with icing (just as Margot has done) and then added 2 large blops of icing for eyes... viola, space alien cookies!


  5. Nearly naked makes the clean-up MUCH easier! It increases the sensory benefits too :-)

    Yummy activitiy!


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