For me, the smell of cookies baking means the holidays are here. My mum always makes shortbread and sugar cookies to give to friends and family throughout the holiday season and it feels like a special time of year when she starts baking. Now, my nine year old son has found a love for baking cookies (all year round) and just last weekend my mum and my son baked a batch of my mum's sugar cookies together. It hits me straight in the heart watching this family tradition being passed along through the generations.
My mum was given a set of recipe cards copied over from my Gran's recipe book as a wedding present in 1971 including the one pictured below. This recipe is a family go-to for soft, chewy sugar cookies and I love how this card is typed on a type writer!
Sugar cookies are a great canvas for all kinds of decorations—use royal icing, sprinkles, candies or dried fruit. I don’t often make these, but when I do it fills the house with the smell of butter, sugar and begs to be paired with a coffee or hot chocolate. I welcome you to try this recipe out. These cookies may just become a family tradition of your own.
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar (use white sugar or brown sugar for a chewier cookie)
1 tsp vanilla
- Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until light.
- Add dry ingredients and chill dough until firm.
- Roll out and cut cookies.
- Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
Just for fun, here is another recipe card from my mum's holiday cookie collection:
Emily Sproule is the founder of Jarr, a mom of two young school age children and an environmentalist doing the best she can with the time she has. Emily lives in East Vancouver, is passionate about business as a force for change and is excited to bring package-free grocery delivery to Metro Vancouver.