One of my favorite Christmas traditions from when I was a kid is decorating the cookies my mom would cut from rolled dough. We did it pretty much every year that I can remember. When my sister Amy and I were living together a few years ago (before we both got married), we even incorporated it into our holiday celebration with our girlfriends.
So I was pumped when Amy told me we'd be decorating cookies during the 12 Days of Thanksgiving in Philly. You better believe it. One thing I didn't know is that the recipe came from one of our mom's oldest friends, a lady named Claire who was like a second mom to us growing up. I love those moments when baking something you've loved for your whole life collides with a history you never knew before. It made me even more excited to make the cookies. It felt more significant, somehow.
If you want to try them yourself, here's the recipe:
Claire's Rolled Cookies
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening or butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, cream butter, then gradually add sugar until light and fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla.
Beat well, then add flour mixture.
Roll to 1/4" thickness on floured surface.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.