Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Cookies

Christmas is almost here so I thought I’d keep this blog short and “sweet.”

Do you have all your cookies baked and ready for the holidays?

I’m not much of a baker, but around the holidays I try my hand at making a few cookies. We usually try to have at least two or three different types on hand for people dropping by to enjoy.

I thought I’d share one of the recipes we use. It is a “Tea Cake” cookie recipe and the cookies can be eaten plain or with various types of topping such as chocolate icing or sugar sprinkles.

Tea Cakes
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Eggs
½ Cup of Crisco
1 Tablespoon of Milk
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Flavoring
2 ¼ Cups of Flour

Beat sugar, eggs and Crisco together. Then add milk, vanilla flavoring and flour. Mix together well.

Mixture needs to be refrigerated for an hour. Then take mixture and roll out and cut out using flour to keep from sticking.

Bake at 375 degrees on a barely greased cookie sheet for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

It’s always funny to me how one cookie can have so many different names. You may know this recipe by another name, if so let me know.

Are recipes something that are passed down from generation to generation in your family? When you give someone a recipe, do you include it’s history with it? Do you tell the person receiving the recipe where the recipe came from and when?

Do you leave cookies and milk out for Santa each year? If so, what type of cookies do you leave?

Be sure to leave a few carrots for the reindeer.


  1. Mason - Thanks for that delicious recipe! Those tea cakes sound wonderful. Funny you would ask about recipes. There are a few that I have that I got from my mother and that I've been making for a long, long time. But I don't have any recipes that have been in our family for generations. I think those old recipes, though, are fun to try.

  2. Old recipes are fun to try, Margot. The only problem I have run into is that sometimes the directions weren't complete. Some recipes didn't say what temperature to bake at, some didn't say for how long and a number I have run across didn't give specific amounts when it came to ingredients. But they were fun to try anyway.

    I hope you enjoy the recipe. I can't seem to get them just right. Mine usually look like marshmallows swelling up in the pan while they're baking but taste all right when they come out.

  3. Yummy! I love baking, especially at Christmas. I have one recipe that's been passed down for a few generations. Delicious. Enjoy the holidays :)

  4. Hope you enjoy the holidays too Jemi, and happy baking.

  5. I love cookies but don't bake them too often. This year we made pumpkin bread for neighbors and drop ins. Our family has a few recipes that have been passed down. The best ones aren't real healthy, so we don't use them often.

    Merry Christmas!

  6. The best ones usually are the ones that aren't good for us for some reason Carol. I guess that's what makes them so good. It sweet of you to make bread for neighbors and drop ins. Have a Merry Christmas.

  7. oh, sounds very delicious :)
    I've made peanut baklava for Christmas this year, the cake is my own invention as usual :))

  8. I don't know why, but Santa doesn't visit here anymore. I've been very good. So I will show him by eating the cookies myself. :)

    Hey, You have a very Merry Christmas with your loved ones!

  9. Dezmond, that sounds good. You'll have to share the recipe. Happy Holidays.

    Teresa, Santa doesn't know what he's missing if he skips your house. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas too.


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