What do you suppose Mary and Joseph ate on that first Christmas morning?
Whatever it was, it was a far cry from what goes on the table here at frontporchfoodie.
(Just in case you think I missed the boat on Christmas, know that the Christmas season really begins on December 25th and not the day after Thanksgiving. We are just getting the party going here at fpf!)
Sugar Cookies From When I Was Little are simple cut out sugar cookies from when I was little. I have made this recipe ever since I started baking. A long time ago.
I still make the dough and can even be persuaded to roll it out but the kids have taken over the decorating.
This batch was cut and decorated by the fifteen year old man-child.
Let’s see, we have trees, bells, and -
I can tell you the recipe by heart, but here is the well loved recipe card for a visual.
Cream 2/3 cup of shortening (Crisco) with ¾ cup sugar. Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 large egg. The largest egg you have.
(You may or may not need the ½ teaspoon of milk, especially if the egg is really big.)
Sift the 2 cups of flour, 1½ teaspoon of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt and add it to the creamed mixture. If it seems too dry, add the milk.
Most cut out cookie recipes I see have you refrigerate the dough, but I don’t. Just tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out to about ¼ inch thickness.
Cut out your favorite shapes and bake at 375° for 8 to 10 minutes. You should just start to see the edges turn golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack and cool completely before decorating.
For the icing, cream ¼ cup of soft butter and ¼ cup of Crisco. Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla and 3 or 4 tablespoons of milk. Beat it like crazy until it is very smooth. Add more milk or more sugar until it is a consistency that spreads well.
Is that what we really eat for breakfast on Christmas morning? Yes it is, along with Cardamom Cake and chocolate. Check back soon for the Cardamom Cake recipe.
Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and if you ever have any questions about any of the recipes, drop me a comment!