|Painting sugar cookies is one of my favourite Christmas traditions.|
Christmas traditions – cookie painting…
Mom would tint a basic white icing with food colouring and we’d paint (with real brushes) for an entire afternoon. We’d craft intricate designs and use way too many sprinkles and silver balls. (I still remember painting blue overalls on yellow star people and trying to create a realistic-looking horse.)
Then we’d hang the cookies on the tree. We’d nibble away at them over Christmas and finish them off when the tree came down. By then they were hard, stale and delicious.
When I was old enough to babysit I’d paint cookies with the neighbour’s kids and I have continued the tradition with my own children. Our cookies never seem to last long enough to be hung on the tree.
An old fashioned sugar cookies recipe…
We have always used the recipe for “Aunt Mary’s Sugar Cookies”. A few days ago I asked my mom who Aunt Mary was. She hasn’t a clue. My grandmother gave her the recipe in the late 1950’s, pulled it out of an old promotional cookbook for Five Roses Flour.
I prefer to make the cookies with local stoneground flour from Speerville Flour Mill. It makes an already tasty cookie even better.
Cookie Painting Icing
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 1 Tbsp milk
Aunt Mary’s Old Fashioned Sugar CookiesCourse: CookiesDifficulty: Easy
A classic recipe made even better with stoneground flour. Recipe can be halved or quartered.
2 cups sugar
2 cups butter
4 eggs, room temperature u0026 well beaten
Juice of half a lemon
5 cups flour, spooned in
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, then the lemon juice.
- In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well.
- Gather dough into a ball, divide in half and pat into two disks. Chill for an hour or overnight.
- Roll out dough on a floured surface ¼ to ½ inch thick. Cut into shapes. Transfer cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. (Watch closely, you don’t want them to get too brown.)
- Cool and paint with tinted icing and decorative sprinkles.