Cookie Day! by Tara Taylor Quinn

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Cookie Day is an annual event in my home – set aside, planned for, shopped for, and celebrated like any other major holiday. It’s been this way since I was a kid. No matter how much life changes, Cookie Day happens in my home. Every year. Funny thing is, other than sugar cookies, once a year, I’m not even a big cookie eater. I taste some of the cookies on cookie day, but don’t eat many of them. It’s not about the consumption. It’s about the smells. The comradery. The excitement. When you’re in a kitchen filled with baking and sprinkles you feel like a little kid. The magic is there now as it was when I was a kid, eyeing all those cookies, knowing I would get to eat some. Knowing that it meant Christmas was right around the corner.

And now, it’s even better. Now as I bake, my head is filled with memories of decades of cookie days. Like the time my glasses fell off the top of my head into the oven and started to melt. The year the dog found the cookie table and proceeded to consume goods by the dozen. And always, Mom, decorating…she makes beautiful crafty cookies – and decorates one to my twenty. When you have a hundred dozen to do that matters! There’s also, always, laughter. Always.

My favorite cookies are my grandma’s Sugar cookies. I do them in stages. It’s the first dough I make, usually before seven in the morning on Cookie Day. I make eight batches, wrap them all and put them in the refrigerator. After all of the other cookies are done, I pull out the batches, one at a time and we usually have two or three of us rolling, cutting and baking until we have a table filled with cooling sugar cookies.

After that comes the decorating. Things get messy:

And then you have the finished product!

You want to try? Here’s the recipe!

Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

1 ½ Cup Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Soft Butter

1 Egg

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 ½ Cup Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

A single batch makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Mix First 4 ingredients. Add Dry ingredients. Shape into large molds, wrap in wax paper, refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

On Unwrapping, roll flat onto heavily floured surface. Cut out in shapes of your choice.

Bake 375 degrees for 7-8 Minutes.

Let cool… use your imagination to decorate!!

In A Heartwarming Holiday, Tara Taylor Quinn contributed Christmas Past. Her most recent release is included in Falling for You, a $0.99 anthology.