From My Kitchen to Yours - Cookies for Santa

By Alex Woodby

One of the many traditions during Christmas time is setting out milk and cookies for Santa. Have you thought about what cookies to make this year for Christmas? Here are a few of my favorite seasonal cookies! These treats are great for kids to make with their parents, while also making special, holiday memories.

Sugar Cookies

2 3/4 cups of flour

2 teaspoons of cream of tarter

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 1/2 cups of sugar

2 sticks of softened butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla

Directions: Mix the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Set that bowl aside. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Gradually pour in the flour mixture on low speed till everything is mixed well.

Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours till it firms up. Roll all the dough out on the counter and with cookie cutters cut out Christmas themed cookies. Preheat oven to 400 and bake for 6-8 minutes until lightly brown.

Tips:

- Get Christmas themed cookie cutters

- Decorate the cookies using sprinkles and icing to create Christmas trees, Santa, reindeer and more!

- Be sure to make enough, because these tasty cookies are something the whole family will enjoy!

- Be sure to leave a few carrots out in addition to the cookies to make Santa AND his reindeer happy.

With this easy, step-by-step recipe for Christmas-shaped sugar cookies, children will enjoy creating a dessert of their own, while spending time with their co-chef, you! Make it an opportunity to teach children about generosity this Christmas season; encourage your child to bake cookies to share with their grandparents or neighbors.

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