DeAnna’s Traditional Recipe: “I don’t think any Christmas cookie tray or box is complete without cutout sugar cookies! They are best to put out for Santa too! I use the basic sugar cookie recipe from my very first Betty Crocker cookbook that I’ve had since 1977!”
Betty Crocker’s Frosted Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softenend
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Frosting (For After Baking)
3 cups powdered sugar
3 to 5 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Decorate: food colors, colored sugar, or candy sprinkles
- In large bowl, combine powdered sugar, softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, almond extract and egg – mix with spoon until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Divide dough in half; shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- Heat oven to 375°F
- Roll each disk on lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with 2 – to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters into desired shapes. Place cutouts on uncreased cookie sheets, at least 2 inches apart.
- Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool 1 minute; transfer to cooling racks. Cool completely.
- Frosting and Decorating: In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla together with spoon until smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Tint with food color. Spread frosting on cooled cookies. Decorate as desired with colored sugar or candy sprinkles.
- Let stand about 4 hours or until frosting is set. Store in airtight container at room temperature with waxed paper between layers.
Kaylie’s Traditional Recipe: “This delicious recipe is my Grandmother’s. I make it from a hand written cook book she made for my Mom, where they are noted as ‘favorite for Christmas Eve.’ “
Grandma’s Holiday Squares Florentine
4 eggs, beaten
1 can cream of mushroom or celery soup
2 packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed WELL drained, and minced
1/2 cup nuts
1/4 cup minced green onions
1 cup shredded swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tube crescent rolls
- In large bowl combine all ingredients except crescent rolls, mix well
- Unroll crescent rolls, but do not separate. Press rolls into 14×9 buttered baking pan or cookie sheet, pressing seams together
- Spread spinach mixture over dough
- Bake at 350°F degrees for 40 minutes
- Cut into 1 inch pieces, makes about 50 appetizers