Quality Time Through Food: Sugar Cookie Edition

By now, you all know my love of food. More specifically, my love of making food. Even more specifically, my love of making food with my loved ones. It’s in every fiber of my being. So being short on ideas for a post this week, I turned to food. At first, I thought I would try a brand new recipe. I’ve been itching to bake something new and different lately. I turned to my youngest for his opinion.

“Cookies!” He grinned. This kid loves his cookies. And then I realized I have the PERFECT cookie recipe right at my fingertips. It’s not a new recipe by any means, but it’s a solid one that I haven’t made in quite a while.

This recipe came to me through my best friend. In college, we all used to pack up for a weekend and drive down to her Mamaw’s house for the Irish Spring Festival in Ireland, WV. Mamaw welcomed the whole lot of us into her home. She had all the extra beds with warm blankets made and ready for us. She let us all call her Mamaw. She taught us recipes and helped us make them.

Every year, we made sugar cookies. Mamaw had the best sugar cookie recipe I’ve ever tasted. We’d make them, then decorate them with green icing. We laughed, we giggled, we made messes. And Mamaw only ever smiled and laughed. She was truly an angel of a woman.

Mamaw!

So, without further ado and with permission of my sister-from-another-mister, I present to you:

Mamaw’s Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 2 eggs
  • Milk
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix sugars and Crisco until blended. Crack eggs into coffee cup and fill with milk. Beat and add to mixture. Mix dry ingredients and add into we mixture until well blended and dough formed. Roll onto clean, floured surface and cut desired shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

Danny and I had blast making these cookies. He helped me every step of the way, from prepping the kitchen to decorating and clean-up. We even went out to the store beforehand to buy new cookie cutters. It was quality time he and I really needed this week. And it always makes me happy to pass on the love of food to someone else. He even told me in the middle of all this that he would like to be a baker when he grows up.

Our finished products! Maybe not the most beautiful, but they tasted great and we had fun making them!

Danny and I are already looking forward to our next baking adventure together. I encourage you to do the same! Grab your loved ones and make something fun and yummy together! It doesn’t have to be pretty (honestly it doesn’t even have to be tasty!), just enjoy time together!

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