I have been baking sugar cookies for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of me standing in a chair around my Mema’s kitchen table, cutting out sugar cookies while listening to old records. We didn’t need a special occasion, we just baked to bake. I loved it.
Now that I’m older, I still bake just to bake; and with the holidays just around the corner, my cookie baking is in overdrive.
Which means two things:
1. I get to pass the tradition down and put Noah to work in the kitchen as my baking assistant.
2. I get to share an old family recipe that I have recently adapted with a secret ingredient. (Woohoo!)
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Crisco
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
*2 Heaping Tablespoons Plain Greek Yogurt
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour (You will need an extra cup if you plan on rolling out the dough and using cookie cutters)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and crisco until smooth. I love using my KitchenAid Hand Mixer – it definitely beats going old school and using a fork and some elbow grease. Add eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and greek yogurt. Blend until completely smooth. Add flour, blending in one cup at a time. On greased cookie sheets, place cookies two inches apart. I use a cookie scooper so that I can get round cookies that are equal in size. If you want to add sprinkles or extra sugar on top, this is when you’ll want to add it. Bake cookies for 9 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned (you want to be careful to not overcook them, because they will be come hard and crunchy. Remove them immediately from the cookie sheet and place on a cooling rack.
This recipe will make right around four dozen cookies.
If you plan to roll out the cookie dough and use cookie cutters, you will want to use parchment paper and/or flour on the surface you plan to roll your dough on. I would also recommend sprinkling flour on your rolling-pin and cookie cutters so that the dough doesn’t stick to it.
*The secret ingredient that I have discovered makes cookies stay super soft.
So what are some of your favorite family recipes? Is there anything in particular that you bake every year? I’d love to know what they are – share them in the comments below! And if you do end up making these cookies for yourself, I would love to know what you think. 🙂
P.S. Firework Pudding Cookies (My husband asks me to bake these all of the time!)