I can still picture her round wooden table covered in thinly rolled cookie dough, the tiny cookie cutters slicing in and out of the dough, and the little animals that resulted.
We made tiny paper baskets. Again, I'm sure this was mostly Grandma, but 2 1/2 year old me has very vivid memories of being actively involved in the delicate paper folding process.
The next day, we carried the tiny baskets of cookies to my mom and dad. I was so proud of our creations and so happy to welcome my new little brother.
These sugar cookies always remind me of that night. Everyone has a favorite sugar cookie recipe, and this one, straight from my Grandma's table, will always be mine.
from the kitchen of Grandma Christmas
3 cups sifted all-purpose
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut butter in. Add beaten eggs and sugar. Blend well.
Roll out cookie dough to 1/8th inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes from cookie dough and transfer to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
Ice with your favorite icing (I'm going to have to recreate mine and actually record my ingredient amounts because I generally eyeball it!).