A Traditional Cookie Recipe...
Tradition plays a large part in most aspects of the holidays but
the traditional tensions are not part of the fun! Those, "Uh-oh!
I forgot the (whatever)!" moments do not make for pleasant
memories. How To Trim Your Christmas Tree makes those moments
disappear! It gives you extra time to indulge in the more
enjoyable pastimes of the season such as making these:
Traditional Cookies (makes about 100)
2 sticks (1/2
pound) of butter
1 ½ cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
¼ tsp. salt
generous pinch of powdered all spice
Cream butter in
large mixing bowl. Gradually add sugar & beat mixture until it's
light & fluffy. Beat in egg & vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix
flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt & all spice. Using
half a cup at a time, add flour mix to batter – beating it
thoroughly before adding more (half a cup at a time) until it's
Wrap in waxed paper & chill for at least 2 hours. (May be done 3
days in advance if well wrapped.)
Roll dough on
lightly floured surface until it’s an eighth of an inch thick.
Cut into stars (5- & 6-pointed), crescents, circles, etc.
Decorate with sprinkles or icing if desired. Bake 4 to 6 minutes
at 400 degrees.
great grandfather, John Croghan, was a caterer to the White
House in the 1800s. He furnished the inaugural dinner for
President Cleveland among other things. My grandmother told me
that the above cookie recipe came from him and it's been a
tradition in our family. I have to add, I'm really glad I have
an electric beater and don’t have to make them by hand in the