Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!
As we now begin to turn our thoughts from Thanksgiving to Christmas, what more delectable thing to plan than what kinds of Christmas cookies to make this year?
Obviously, there is nothing healthy about this post! Everything, including sweets, in moderation…and everyone is entitled to an indulgence every once in a while. Especially at the holidays! (But not so much so that you force yourself to crash diet in January!)
When I went gluten-free and my youngest daughter had to go gluten-free, believe it or not, one of the first things I thought of was, “Oh no! What are we going to do for our traditional Christmas cookies – especially the fun sugar cookie cut outs with colorful frosting?” Making three or four kinds of Christmas cookies with my mom and sister is a tradition that we had in our family for many years. Even after I was married and had our first daughter, we still got together at my mom’s house to bake cookies. It seemed like we saved the sugar cookies for last and then had a blast decorating them with wild colors, designs, and candies. My sister and I, in our wacky senses of humor, even had a tradition of turning a certain gingerbread cut-out into Elvis!
Sadly, that tradition has gone by the way-side because my sister and I now live in a different state than my parents. However, I enjoy carrying on the tradition with my three daughters. They are finally around the ages to really start to get into it, (8, 6, 3). Being g-free isn’t going to rain on our tradition!
So, I came across what looks like, sounds like, and has reviews like a phenomenal recipe for gluten-free sugar cookies. I am looking forward to trying these out!
If you’re looking for an easy g-free sugar cookie mix, I highly recommend Cherrybrook Kitchen’s gluten-free sugar cookie mix. The photo at the top of the round cookies with white frosting was made with this mix. One of my favorite treats from our local bakery used to be their sugar cookies. They were absolutely mouth watering delicious. I missed them. But when I found boxes of Cherrybrook’s mix on sale at my supermarket, I bought them to try them out. Wow! They were completely one-hundred-percent like the bakery cookies! LOVE them!
So as you set out to embark on your traditions, I’ll also leave you with my favorite icing recipe.
1/3 cup butter (I buy organic stick butter for baking)
4 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (make sure it’s g-free first – I know Domino is fine)
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla (again, make sure it’s g-free first. I buy organic so I know it’s the real thing w/o additives)
(Food coloring optional)
1. In a mixing bowl beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the 1/4 cup milk and vanilla.
2. Slowly beat in remaining powdered sugar. Beat in additional milk, if needed, to reach spreading consistency. If desired, divide into as many bowls as you want colors, and tint with food coloring.
Have an amazing time laughing, talking, and bonding with someone while decorating some cookies this year! It doesn’t matter if they look all sophisticated like Martha Stewart, or if they’re retro like Elvis, or like just plain kids having fun!
Do you have a cherished tradition, such as sugar cookies?
From my family to yours, I hope you have a blessed holiday season.
Here’s to your traditions,
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