Christmas Cookies

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It feels good to actually be able to say it is almost Christmas! When I teach I feel that I have to be politically correct and say happy holidays (btw… I am a middle school teacher). Anyway, at my house it is a tradition to bake Christmas cookies every year around this time. The recipe is from my great grandma and it takes a bit of guess work. Usually my mom and I bake them together and take turns mixing the ingredients (the flour really works out your arms), but this year I made the cookies with my boyfriend.

Here are the ingredients

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the following ingredients:
2 c sugar
1/2 c lard (I used butter)
1/2 c butter
2 eggs
1/2 c sour cream (I used light sour cream)
1/2 c buttermilk
1 tsp soda
a heaping spoon full of nutmeg
Next, add flour to stiffen and knead the dough (make sure you have an entire bag of flour handy… this is where the guessing comes in….
Once it looks like the picture, place it on top of floured wax paper and roll it out. Add in red and green sprinkles (or whatever colors float your boat) and gently roll those in to keep them in place.
Then cut out your cookies using cookie cutters. Like I mentioned before, we were lacking in the cookie cutter department this year so I made due with what we had. Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet. The good news is that you don’t need to regrease the pan for the next batches.

Bake them in the oven for 10 minutes on the top shelf. Let cool, or take your chances like I do, and enjoy!

*PLEASE NOTE: If you use butter instead of lard they don’t keep as well. If you want these cookies to last over several days it is best if you use lard. If not, they will harden. I sent mine off to coworkers so they only needed to last a few days.

Do you have any Christmas traditions in your family?

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