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December 19, 2009

Vintage Crafty Saturdays – Reader’s Family Christmas Cookie Recipes


So, I know this is supposed to be crafts rather than cooking, but since I am pretty sure most of America is baking Christmas cookies today, I thought I would make this a post about cookies.  I mean, decorating cookies can be kind of crafty, right?  Right? 

Anyway, a few weeks ago I asked readers to submit their favorite family Christmas cookie recipe.  Thanks to those who sent them in!  I love old tried and true family recipes.  So, here they are, in no particular order:

This great sugar cookie recipe is from Sara, who is a frequent poster on Tuesday’s Retro Guest.
This from my great-grandmother Lena, who lived in and around Brussels, Wisconsin all of her life.
She has passed away now, but this cookie recipe is a nice way to remember her.
Lena’s Christmas Sugar Cookies
1 3/4 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Shortening (1/2 Butter and 1/2 Crisco)
3 Eggs
1 Cup Sour Cream
4 Cups Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 Tsp. Salt
Vanilla (no amount was given, so I guess just a dash?)
Blend together Sugar, Shortening, Eggs, Sour Cream, and vanilla
Sift together Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt and then mix into Sugar mixture
Roll out and cut the cookies. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake 8-12 mins. at 350.
 This recipe has been in my family forever, though I have not made these cookies in a really long time. I remember her making them and they were the best – big and fluffy and tasty. I am sure if I made them now, they would not be nearly as good as I remember hers tasting!
Sara even included this amazing picture of her Grandma Lena on her wedding day!
Sara's Grandparents
What a cute couple!  Thanks, Sara!
This next recipe was a suggestion from Barbara and is a hilarious classic!
The book’s intro to recipe:
“Once, in an elevator en route to my office, I was eating some spice cookies which I had made from a recipe in my big fat cookbook.
I gave one to the Elevator Lady, and she tasted it.
‘My,’ she said reflectively, ‘I can sure make a better spice cooky than that.’ So she brought me her recipe, and she was quite right. This is a short, rich, ginger-snap sort of a cooky, and the recipe makes plenty.”
Elevator Lady Spice Cookies
From Peg Bracken’s I Hate to Cook Book

Mix together:
¾ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg, unbeaten
¼ cup molasses

Then sift together and stir in:
2 cups flour
2 tsp soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp powdered cloves
¾ tsp powdered ginger

Now mix it all together, and form it into walnut-sized balls.
Put them two inches apart on a greased cooky sheet
and bake at 375 degrees for ten to twelve minutes.

The next recipe is from Annie B., who sent the Spritz Cookie recipe out of the 1950’s Mirro Cookbook.  A classic.  Thanks, Annie!
For the Mirro Cookie Press

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 beaten egg
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond extract

Cream the shortening and add sugar gradually. Add the egg and beat well. Gradually add sifted flour, salt and baking powder and mix well.

Fill the cookie press and press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.

And finally, my family’s favorite cookie!  This one was made by my mother one Christmas when she was stuck at home, 8 months pregant with my older sister and bored out of her mind.  She made a TON of cookies that year, but this was my Dad’s favorite.  It is so good and fun, and we make it every year!

 Coconut Top Hats

Cookie Dough

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup brown sugar,  packed

1 egg yolk

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

Cream butter, add sugar gradually and then beat in yolk and vanilla. Blend in flour and salt. Shape dough in 1o inch roll and wrap in wax paper. Chill overnight.

Coconut Topping

2 cups chopped coconut

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 egg white

1 Tablespoon water

Combine above ingredients. Chill.

Cut chilled cookie dough into 1/8 inch slices. Shape 1 tsp coconut mixture to fit cookie. Baked 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool.

1 cup chocolate chips, melted

Marachino cherries, cut in half

Remove cookies from pan. Place 1 tsp melted chocolate on top of cooled cookie. Decorate with cherry half.


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5 Responses to Vintage Crafty Saturdays – Reader’s Family Christmas Cookie Recipes

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 19, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Great post Ruth! You are probably right about most people making cookies today. 🙂 I think I will definitely have to give your cookies a try sometime! Happy cookie baking everyone.

  2. sablemable Reply

    December 19, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Love the photo, Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Of course I love the cookie recipes, too, LOL!

    Thankfully, I found my Mom’s butter (and I do mean butter) cookie recipe that she faithfully used year after year. Now I just have to find her now vintage cookie cutters.

  3. Barbara Reply

    December 19, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I’m touched…you remembered!! The Elevator lady cookies are really good, and I’m not a spice cookie girl! They give you the gingerbread cookie feeling when you really don’t want to do the whole gingerbread extravaganza!

  4. Annie B. Reply

    December 21, 2009 at 10:11 am

    A lovely post, Ruth! Thanks a million for the recipes and the beautiful Christmas memories!!

  5. Sara in AZ Reply

    December 23, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Thanks Sable! 🙂

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