To help us kick off the holiday season this sponsored post for Collective Bias® features a butter cookie recipe being passed down to another generation.
My mother-in-law loved cooking and baking, and my husband Billy grew up with delicious home cooked meals and tasty desserts. He got his love of cooking from her, and now our youngest daughter enjoys cooking, and is quite creative in the kitchen.
I asked Billy to share some of his favorite memories of his mother’s holiday baking with my readers.
My most vivid memory is trying to eat the cookie dough before it got into the oven and my mom always playfully yelling at me to stop. She would make about ten – twelve different varieties totaling about 50 dozen Christmas cookies (that’s not a typo – yes, 50!) and I always enjoyed helping her. I would load the cookie gun, put them on the cookie sheets and help decorate them.
It meant a lot to me to bake her butter cookies this year and have my own daughter help me….and try to eat the cookie dough before it got in the oven. *lol*. Although my mom is not physically with us any more, I know she is watching over us and was with us in the kitchen as we baked.
Billy has several of his mother’s Christmas cookie recipes, and we decided to start getting ready for the holidays by baking one of his favorites; butter cookies.
This is a copy of her original #HolidayButter Cookie recipe.
We already had the sugar, eggs and flour, so I stopped by our local Super WalMart and picked up baking powder, vanilla extract, Land O’ Lakes butter sticks and some holiday sprinkles.
This is a pretty simple recipe, so if you’ve never made homemade cookies before, give this one a try and let me know how it came out. This was Billy’s first attempt at recreating his mother’s Christmas cookies.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Soften and cream two sticks of butter in a large bowl.
Mix in 1/2 cup of sugar.
Mix in one egg.
Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.
Mix in 2 1/4 cups of flour.
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Mix well or use a mixer. We don’t have a mixer (yet!), so Billy and my daughter Jacqueline mixed it by hand. You want to be sure that all the ingredients are mixed well.
Using a measuring tablespoon, spoon the dough onto cookie sheets. Billy’s mother had a cookie gun so her’s came out prettier, and took less time. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes depending on the thickness of your cookie. We kept ours in for 11 minutes.
Three trays of cookies ready to go in the oven! This recipe makes four dozen cookies.
We added green and red sprinkles to the cookies after they came out of the oven. Billy realized afterwards that his mother used to add sprinkles before they went into the oven, so you may want to try it that way. Or if you’re going to use icing, then let them cool slightly before adding it. You can also keep them plain and just enjoy their buttery goodness.