Today the Contest Spotlight is shining on Susan Hanson and her mother’s recipe for Old-Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies.
When Giovanni saw the photos Susan sent us of these colorfully festive holiday sweets, he put his hands to his cheeks and with wide eyes proclaimed, “Award-winning cookies!” While he alone will not determine our contest’s winner, he will be making Susan’s cookies with a school buddy and me next Wednesday. We’ll see what he says once he tastes them, but he’s already a fan of this entry.
Susan’s love for her mother is evident and endearing, and we love the idea of packaging up these pretty cookies to give as gifts. Who wouldn’t love getting that present?
Many of you have shared photos of your special recipes being made by the newest generation in your families, and we have had so much fun reading your stories and seeing the tradition being passed down to the children. Christmas baking is such a part of our own holiday tradition, and we love knowing that we share this ritual with so many others.
Thank you for sharing your special recipe with us, Susan and Mary, and GOOD LUCK!
The entry phase of our contest is coming to a close, but you still have until 11:59 PM TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11, 2013 to send us your recipe and story. We have received several new entries this week and will be posting them to the blog as soon as we get a free moment.
Tony, Gio, our Sarello’s Staff and I will be reviewing all of the entries over the next few days to select our favorites, and PUBLIC VOTING for our winner will commence online next week, so stay tuned to the blog over the weekend for updates.
If you have a special holiday recipe that has passed from one generation to another, we would love to have you share it with us!
Please send your recipe, along with a short story about its heritage to us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos are highly encouraged, but not required. Top Prize is a brand-new Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer!
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Susan Hanson’s (Mother’s) Old-Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies
I was very excited to hear about the holiday baking contest. I am entering this on behalf of my mom ~ the best mom, grandmother, wife, friend and baker out there. I knew instantly when I saw the contest I had to enter her homemade sugar cookies.
The recipe actually comes from my grandmother who unfortunately passed away back in the late 70’s when I was young. My mom was quite a bit younger than her 5 brothers and we didn’t get to spend as much time with my grandmother as I would have liked. However, I remember going to her house when I was a kid and the cookie jar was always full.
My mom has made it a tradition to take her mother’s recipe and pass it down to her kids and now her grandkids. However, nobody makes them quite like she does (my kids would agree). I think it is the love that she puts into every batch she makes.
She makes the dough ahead of time and we get to have all the fun! She makes her own homemade frosting and then anything goes… My kids love to put frosting, sprinkles and glitter all over their cookies. She has a day with them every year where they just make cookies. Each grandchild gets to take home a special creation to eat.
When my mom visits my sister and her kids in Georgia that is one of the first things she is asked to do. I remember when my sister was in college and had no money – all her friends would ask for was these cookies. She was always happy to comply.
We often buy her a new cookie cutter every year for Christmas so we have another excuse to make the cookies. However, my mom still has the original cookies cutters from when she was married over 45 years ago (and probably still works the best). She tries to make everyone’s favorite shape even though they all taste the same. I actually am not a big fan of frosting so she keeps a few cookies for me without frosting.
To me, this is what the holiday is about. It is the traditions we have, the friends and family we surround ourselves with, and grandma’s homemade sugar cookies. I cannot imagine the holidays without these cookies and the woman who has made them for the past 60+ years for us…
Grandma’s Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies
½ cup soft butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg (unbeaten)
2 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring
½ cup sour cream
2 ½ cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon soda
½ teaspoon salt
Mix butter, sugar, egg and vanilla together. Add sour cream. Then add flour, soda and salt. Mix well. Chill dough for 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator and roll out and use your favorite cookie cutters.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Leave on pan for 5 minutes after baking.
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond flavoring
Milk as desired
Mix ingredients together and add mild until you get desired consistency. Add food coloring for added holiday sparkle.
Submitted by Susan Hanson of Fargo, ND on behalf of her mother, Mary Fornes