Thursday, December 22, 2016

Sugar Cookies and the Christmas mob

Part of being a grandparent is knowing you are being conned, and yet, not caring that you are being conned:) Savannah is so sweet and polite it is easy to be distracted from the con...
"Should I eat this" 
"Should you leave that much on there so I can eat it" 
"Should I lick both of those"
"Should we open presents right now"
Should we play in the snow right now" 
Should I? or should we?... as Grandad observed, is 
always a con:)

How could I be expected to resist the plea to lick the beaters? I have pleasant childhood memories of my dad sneaking us a bites of cookie dough when mom wasn't looking, so I have been one of "those moms", the kind that worries less about the dangers of cookie dough eating and more about the joy of family baking:) 
As you can see Ethan agrees with my political position on cookie dough:)

This sugar cookie has been happily tried and passed the test of our entire family as the BEST sugar cookie recipe ever!

Brittany's Sugar Cookies

1 1\2 cups butter, softened
3 cups of sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla (I do 3)
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar together 3-5 minutes 
(less time leaves the dough grainy) 
Add eggs and vanilla (Mexican vanilla is my fav!) 
Hand mix salt, baking powder and flour together in separate bowl. Add flour mix to creamed mixture.
Chill for at least 1 hour-overnight.

Roll dough onto a floured surface and cut with cookie cutters.
Bake @ 375* for 6-7 min.
Do it the easy kid friendly way and...
Press the dough into a cookie sheet. Bake @ 375* for 15-18 min till top is golden. Cut the sheet of cookies with shaped cutters immediately after baking. Leave the cut dough to cool a few minutes before removing cookies from the tray.

4 Tbsp butter softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp almond extract OR 1 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbsp milk
3 drops food coloring (optional)

I originally had grand visions of baking & decorating Christmas cookies with the mini mob, however my practical side prevailed and I took the path of least frustration, and sanity preservation! Dough was whipped up without helpers & pressed into cookie sheets to bake instead of the whole flour covered kitchen with 9 children thing:)

Seth had a serious method for cutting and removing the cookie cutters:)
Big brother Cy was instructed by Seth in the cookie cutting procedure. 
Place the cutters as close together as possible to get more cookies than scraps.
Savannah did a great job lining up the cookies in shape piles. One of the important things about projects with the mini mob is making sure everyone has the same number of cookies!
We put the cookie "scraps" into a bag and they disappeared very quickly.  

On to the cookie decorating! Plastic table clothes, paper plates, ready made icing, and 3 kinds of sprinkles...along with mommy helpers set the stage for a few minutes of sugar heaven with the littles.

Savannah kept adding layers and layers of frosting and sprinkles to the same cookie:)
Annabelle is a serious cookie decorator, even doing multiple space designs with the sprinkles.
Everything with Charlotte is exciting:)
Madeline spent most of the time licking the icing:)
Josh has a great love for sprinkles s as you can plainly see:)
No matter how fun it might be to decorate sugar cookies, the children all know the best part is to eat them!

Ethan seems to be plotting his cookie eating approach!
Scarlett plays "puppy" most of the time...guessing this is puppy licking those sprinkles?

Madeline absolutely loved the whole experience!
Happy sugar cookie baking,
Merry sugar cookie decorating,
Joyful sugar cookie eating:)

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