What do you love about the holidays? 

For me, it's the traditions. Now that I am older, I feel the most joy when keeping our family traditions alive. I realize that's a very adult thing to say. 

Every year since I was born (with a brief hiatus after our matriarch passed), my extended family has had an epic Christmas party. Santa comes. We eat and drink too much. We share old stories. 


This is what it's all about. 

In the name of keeping tradition alive, I'm documenting my aunt Betty's sugar cookies.

They are a classic and I suggest you try them. Do it. Trust me. 

sugar cookies


Vintage Sugar Cookies:


Aunt Betty. 

This recipe rests for two hours. 

P.S. We leave the cookies bare and have the kids at the party do the frosting. It's pretty fun. 



1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 egg
1 cup of butter (2 sticks), soften
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cream of tartar


1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2  tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cream or milk
Food coloring, optional



Cream sugar and margarine together.

Mix in egg, vanilla and almost extract. 

In a separate bowl mix together flour and baking soda. 

Blend  dry ingredients into sugar and butter mixture.

Refrigerate 2-3 hours.

Roll out on  floured surface and cut cookies.

Heat oven to 375. Bake 7-8 minutes.


Cream butter while gradually adding half of the sugar.

Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.  

Blend in remaining sugar slowly.

Add enough cream or milk to make the icing a spreading consistency.

Then add food coloring, if using.


Hey! I'm Blair.

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