One of my favourite memories as a kid is making sugar cookies with my mom. We had this old wooden table stuffed with the 8 chairs of a huge family and jammed into a tiny kitchen with barely enough walking space to get around it. It sat in front of an always piping hot wood stove, and it was truly the center of our home. Nothing happened in our family unless it happened at that wooden table: announcements, games, celebrations, arguments and so much cooking.
My mom would move all the chairs away so all 6 of us kids could cluster around and cut gingerbread boys and Christmas trees out of cookie dough. The table would creak as she rolled the dough out, and as we all clambered over it. We got to decorate our cookies the way we wanted with homemade icing and there were always more sprinkles and globs of icing on the floor than on the cookies. My mom never seemed to care–something I admire now as an adult because she’s the complete opposite kind of mom than I am–and it was always a happy time, even though there was so much squabbling between us kids.
I have never been much of a cook like my mom, but I do prefer to bake and my daughter has a joy for it. Sugar cookies are a tradition I’ve passed down to my kids and holiday time is the best time to make them. So here we go. Try this yummy recipe, and adopt a new tradition!
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