Recipes at the top, sweet blog post below.
Mom's Christmas Cookies
Mix together all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients. Beat well until combined. Gradually add wet ingredients to the dry until it forms a well combined dough. Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll out the dough and cut into shapes. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (making sure they don’t touch) and bake for 9 minutes.
To add sprinkles (and keep them sticking): Set aside a little water in a small dish. Using your finger, dip it in the water and then go lightly over a cookie (one at a time) and sprinkle immediately so they stick. Don’t use too much water as it can make the cookie soggy.
ONLY 12 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!
So of course I’m making Christmas cookies. Not just any Christmas cookies: My Mom’s Christmas Cookies! When I was a little kid, my mom and I used to make these cookies. I remember standing on a chair to reach the counter as she helped me cut out my favorite shapes into the dough. My favorite part was putting on the sprinkles!
Before I dive on in, I’d like to make a PSA:
Don’t be like me and eat this many cookies in one sitting because you’re “testing them.” Even though these nutrition facts are AWESOME for a cookie, that still doesn’t mean you can eat a ton in one sitting as you will get fat and maybe diabetes.
Christmas time has the very best memories for me. All of the happiest times I can remember were from Christmas, and everything is better when it snows. Every year my family would watch all the old animated movies they’d play on the TV, and make it a point to add National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story into the mix.
We’d go sledding, build snowmen and forts and have snowball fights. There was even a Christmas parade at night that went near our neighborhood that everyone came out for. Every Christmas eve, we would watch It’s a Wonderful Life and decorate our tree by twinkle light.
Sometimes there’d be cookies (yes, these cookies) and other snacks while we just spent time together as a family. My sister and I would always fight over who got to put up the ugly one-legged Santa ornament, which I still put on my tree to this day – front and center.
We all have our own traditions and I think that is really important. In a world that moves and changes so fast, I think that people forget to stop and enjoy the little moments with their loved ones. This season isn’t about the stuff you get, it’s about the people you care about and making memories with them. Stuff will break or be forgotten – memories last a lifetime. Family first. It is so vital that we spend the time with our loved ones while they are here. Take it from me. I live about 725 miles away from my mom and sister and I get to see them about once a year. I miss them often and I wish I could see them more, especially around the holidays. When we do get together, I make sure that we make the most of every moment to create lasting memories. It’s hard to be apart and it’s hard to know that my mom won’t be around for every Christmas in my lifetime. This is also the first year that Steve won’t have his grandfather for Christmas. Life changes, people change, and people get older so treasure every moment you have.