Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cookie Baking Time in Chicago

22 month old Cora enjoyed mixing the Christmas sugar cookies. She pushed a dining room chair right up to the counter (her mom lets her help a lot). Offey was there to make sure she didn't fall.

After we mixed the dough, the dishes had to be done, so Cora was right on that as well. She washed, rinsed, dried, then put away all the dishes, all while the dough was chilling.

When I put her down from her chair, she wasn't happy.

She's a natural in the kitchen. Something tells me she's going to like her Christmas Eve present from Gram and Offey.

Debi's Sugar Cookie recipe is special. I have been baking those yummy, soft sugar cookies since I was about 14 years old. A friend (Debi) and I would bake, bag and deliver them to our friends at William Chrisman High School in Independence, Missouri. (Our friends loved us.)

Now my sister, Becky, has become a specialist at making Debi's cookies. She makes them for almost every holiday and they are always devoured.

Debi's Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring

Mix shortening, sugar, eggs and vanilla together.  Stir dry ingredients and mix in.  Refrigerate dough 2 hours.  Knead 10 times and roll out to cut cookies.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 6-8 minutes at 400.  Frost when cool.

I think Cora has a little sprinkle between her teeth in this picture.

Cora loved decorating and sampling time.
Gram too!


  1. Hey Tracey! So glad you posted this recipe. I know you had given it to me years ago...I consider these the best sugar cookies ever:) I guess I misplaced the recipe and hated to bug you for it again during the holidays. Anyway, we are making them today and can't wait to taste them. We will make snowflakes and snowmen:) We love making Christmas Cookies the week after the 25th...much less stress:) Loved the blog on these and especially the pic of Cora sitting in Offey's lap...geesh, those eyes belong to her sweet:)......Raynita

  2. I loved, loved, loved every minute of baking cookies with Cora. It was like I had trained for it all those years, just for THAT moment. None of the other hundreds of moments were in my mind on that day anyway. She loved helping.

    I'm so glad you love Debi's cookies too.


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