Claire's Rolled Cookies

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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

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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 egg

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.

 Once your dough is ready, flour your surface and get ready to roll it out!

Once your dough is ready, flour your surface and get ready to roll it out!

 Cut your shapes as close together as possible.

Cut your shapes as close together as possible.

 Arrange them on an ungreased cookie sheet, then bake for about 10 minutes at 375.

Arrange them on an ungreased cookie sheet, then bake for about 10 minutes at 375.

 Don't forget to add some red hots before baking!

Don't forget to add some red hots before baking!

 Turn on your favorite Christmas tunes.

Turn on your favorite Christmas tunes.

 Let the cookies cool while you concoct the colored sugar glaze for decorating (1.5 tbsp water + 1.25 cups powdered sugar + food coloring).

Let the cookies cool while you concoct the colored sugar glaze for decorating (1.5 tbsp water + 1.25 cups powdered sugar + food coloring).

 Then get some friends together to create masterpieces and share in the joy of the season!

Then get some friends together to create masterpieces and share in the joy of the season!