My mom is a SERIOUS baker when Christmas rolls around. I'm talking over a dozen different varieties of cookies...baked in double and triple batches, starting in the fall and filling the freezer. Mom's Christmas cookies have been the source of many great holiday memories for myself and my siblings, so naturally, I was excited to share the traditions to my own kids.
Even if your kids are very little, you can involve them in various ways. Sammy is almost 3 and he just LOVES to stand on a chair next to me and help pour ingredients into the bowl, help stir, and of course, do some quality control taste testing. With each year he is able to get a little bit more involved in the process.
1/2 C Butter, soft
1/2 C Shortening
1 C Conf. Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Almond Extract
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2-1/2 C Flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 C Sugar
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Mix butter, shortening, conf. sugar, egg, and flavorings. Blend in flour, sugar and salt. Divide dough and color as desired.
I like to do about half green, then a little less red, a little bit of yellow and blue, and leave a little ball of white. You can mix the colors later to get other colors too like orange, brown, etc. Mine are wrapped in plastic wrap because I mixed them up while the kids were napping and stuck them in the frig, so I could pull them out to make before bedtime.