As we get ready for the holidays I try to do everything I can to make sure my kids have the best Christmas. From baking cookies, to decking the Christmas tree I hope our girls have the same great memories of Christmas like I had.
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I remember each Christmas waking up to my Grandfather making a pot of Folgers® Classic Roast. The house would smell with the aroma of roasted coffee and we’d all know to start and wake up. If no one else woke up I remember getting a few alone to just talk with him. My Grandparents always drank a lot of coffee. On Christmas Eve we would bake cookies and my Grandfather would always make sure that my Grandmother had a warm cup. I find myself doing the same though, enjoying a hot cup of coffee while baking in the kitchen. It’s those same family memories that I know one day our girls will look back and remember.To this day sugar cookies are a favorite for our girls. The old fashioned sugar cookie recipe is still alive in our house and this is one of our favorite recipes to make each Christmas.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
You can get the full old fashioned sugar cookie recipe but once you have your cookie mix together you have a lot of things you can do with it. We decided to roll our mini Christmas tree cookies and it was a lot of fun to bake with my girls. I hope I am creating the same memories that my Grandmother created with me and that one day they will look back at these times as the good ones and that they are filled with the Christmas spirit too. I know that it’s important for each of my girls to have these special moments and the holidays allow us to have more time to enjoy these moments together. To make these cookies we just baked them at 375°F. for 6 to 11 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. They need to be cooled for 15 minutes before eating.
I like smaller bite sized cookies. We can bring these to a holiday party or enjoy with hot chocolate by the fire. They’re simple and delicious and they’re even great for little hands!I think that as our girls continue to grow older I just want to spend time with them and as we continue to make our own family traditions I hope we can continue to have these wonderful times together. I hope that their childhood holidays are filled with the sweet aroma of coffee and sugar cookies just like mine was!
What are your favorite holiday traditions?
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