Dec 22, 2010

Sugar Cookie Tradition

A couple days before Christmas my kids and I always make sugar cookies. Like the biggest batch EVER of sugar cookies. It takes the whole afternoon, but I probably have the biggest cookie cutter collection ever so the kids have a blast. Here we are making the dough for the biggest batch ever. Then I flatten and stick the dough in the freezer for an hour so it gets cold faster. We all wore aprons and Ainsley also decided it was important to bake in her pirate costume. I don't know why, but she was adamant about it.What did the baby do while we were baking? Sat right next to us on the floor in her little seat playing with "toys". Except we were having trouble coming up with enough interesting toys for her to keep her occupied and happy. Did you know that this was the best one? Yeah. Hunter's play handcuffs that came with his Cowboy and Indian set. What do you mean it's not normal? Desperate times people. These totally kept her happy for a whole half hour. And while we waited for the dough to freeze up, Hunter went to play with his friend across the street and Ainsley helped me hang up the photo cards we got this year. These make me happy.This kid is a tough kid to keep happy. She is never happy in one spot for very long, and gets quickly frustrated with her toys. After a few minutes she get mad at it and starts wailing in frustration. Who knows why? She's just a really high strung baby. Such huge emotional swings all the time from high to low.
Lord, please help me when she reaches puberty.
She chucked her toy as hard as she could over her shoulder and now is sad that she doesn't have it anymore. She was throwing toys as fast and as hard as she could as soon as we gave them to her. Then she would get mad and demand a new one. Logic is lost on 6 month olds. But who can resist that face?
It was a really lovely day. We were listening to christmas carols and baking....then Daddy decided to play/blast Guitar Hero Metallica. There went that. But it did keep Tessa occupied. She was happy in her walker sitting next to him and babbling at the TV. Until Daddy handed her a drumstick to play with and she beaned herself in the head with it as hard as she could and started wailing. Usually I stick with soft toys for her because she is hardly gentle. Actually she wants into everything within a 24 inch vicinity of her reach and dive bombs for it. Last night at dinner she was sitting next to me chewing on Ainsley's belt (I know another weird toy, but another that kept her happy for a super long time). Then she started whipping it as hard as she could and when she got me and things starting flying across the table, I called it quits and took it. I have a feeling we are going to need locks on cabinet doors with this one. We did with Hunter and didn't at all with Ainsley. Back they will go though with Tessa I think.
Hunter needs his apron tied up higher I guess. They were both having a great time putting "sparkles" (sprinkles) on them. We are going to my parents on Christmas with a lot of family around, so I bring a load of the cookies and they all get eaten no problem. Tessa even got a first bite. The jury is still out on how she feels about them....
After we baked all the cookies, we loaded the kids up and had dinner at Taco Bell and drove the route at Candy Cane Lane for the light display. What? Oh Taco Bell. Well, after baking all day, I was coming up short for dinner plans and Taco Bell can feed us all cheap. No, we didn't go because it was super Christmasy or anything. But the lights had a us all "Ooo"ing and "Ahhh"ing and feeling very Christmasy. We all played "I Spy with my little eye..." and the kids got really into finding all the little things (all four of us jammed in the front seat while Tessa dozed in the back).

All in all, a great day.

You want the recipe? It's a great one for soft, chewy sugar cookies and a really big batch too.

Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 1/2 cups butter, softened (3 sticks)
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for a least one hour (it's super sticky and needs to get really cold).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes.

I can't even guess at how many this makes since our cookies run from teeny tiny to HUGE. I told you I have the biggest cookie cutter collection ever, right? And my kids want to use them all.


  1. HA HA! I never want to make dinner after baking all day either :) And Annike never lasted long in the Bumbo, so I am impressed you got Tessa to stay for a half hour... she is getting even cuter!!