Sugar Cookies

January 15, 2013

After David’s mom died, when I was going through things in her 209 Mt. Vernon house, sorting, saving and discarding, I really did try to be very careful, believing that a tender treatment of her treasures would somehow be a tribute to her. It was a lengthy job, but was one which I relished, and I stuck to my rule about not bringing anything across the street to our 208 address unless it was going to live there forever. At the end of each clean-up day, I tried to leave my work site organized, and after a day in her kitchen, sifting through recipes, I had the most special ones tucked away safely in a plastic grocery bag, along with some other things which I intended to keep. I brought my bag across the street. But after a day of cleaning at her house, my will wavered when I got home. I thought I was being careful, and left the bag next to my own kitchen counter. David, naturally, did not see my “safe spot” in the same way that I had, since the location of my sack of stuff was also next to the trash can. And it did happen to be trash day. So being the efficient guy that he is, he scooped this bag up with the others – and since there had already been about a million bags that looked just like the one I had set aside, why should this one be any different?? The recipes were gone before I could “shake a stick,” as my own mother used to say. I can’t remember what the other items were in the bag, (which proves that I didn’t really need them), but I grieved the loss of some of her cookie recipes. Her cookies contained stories, plus I liked the way they tasted! BUT oftentimes, when we’re sure the sun will never come out on a given situation, it eventually does. The other day, when I received some new cookie cutters in the mail – I’d needed some music-themed ones – there was a “Decorated Sugar Cookie Recipe” ( which I determined to try asap. I made them the other day. And guess what? They tasted like Grandma’s, David’s mom’s!! I believe cookies have to be just right, and it’s the texture that made me an instant believer in these, just as my first chomp at Christmastime at Grandma’s house had done with her’s. Enjoy!

Decorated Sugar Cookie Recipe (The Cookie Cutter Company)

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium eggs
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar; add eggs and extract. Stir in remaining ingredients. Chill dough for 2 hours. Roll out 1/4″ thick. 400 degrees – 5-7 minutes.


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