Eat Drink & Be Mary: That time I made sugar cookies with Salt & other Christmas Traditions


That time I made sugar cookies with Salt & other Christmas Traditions

 Destiny USA's Unwrap Your Memories campaign this year is all about sharing your favorite Christmas traditions from when you were a child or now as an adult.  When I found out about this campaign I was inspired to tell y'all about my favorite Christmas tradition and hear about yours too!!

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
 When thinking of a favorite Christmas tradition baking sugar cookies immediately popped into my head.  Not only do we bake all the time in my house, but every single Christmas we make sugar cookies.  When I was younger my brothers and I would have a blast eating all the cookie dough cutting out and decorating the cookies--but they have outgrown this festive tradition and are way too cool to participate.  Christmas brings out the child in me, and I have not stopped loving this tradition.  Baking sugar cookies brings to mind so many good memories it's impossible not to love and is easily considered my favorite Christmas tradition growing up and still today.

I grew up spending many hours in the kitchen, up on the counter, pouring endless cups of flour and sugar.  I spent so much time in the kitchen baking that it has become a safe haven for me.  A place I go to relieve stress and unwind.  I cannot count the amount of times I spent nights and weekends baking with my mom.  Even during my years away at college, I would come back to visit and my mom would have a list of things she wanted to try baking.  It was our thing.

And then there's the time I made sugary cookies with salt...I once made our traditional sugar cookies, and instead of 1/4 teaspoon of salt I put 1/4 cup of salt (and only 1 cup of sugar).  Talk about a big difference.  It was a disgrace to call them sugar cookies.  My dad and brothers had a ball with tricking each other and their friends into trying my sugar salt cookies.  To say they had a ball is actually an understatement.  The amount of salt literally burnt your tongue.  Epic fail on my part--yet I don't actually like eating them; the part I enjoy is baking them, cutting them out, and decorating so no real loss on my part.  I'm just not a cookie kinda gal.

Thus I bring to you for this Taste of Tuesday & Thirsty Thursday  the recipe--that has brought many laughs, smiles, and great stories on this side of the screen--for Sugar Cookies.  It may not be the most unheard of recipe on the block--but seriously who doesn't love sugar cookies--besides me of course ;)  Plus it's the perfect festive treat around the holidays!  

Hopelessly Ever After 

Sugar Cookies  

  • 2 1/4 C all-purpose flour (extra flour for when you cut out your cookies)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 C granulated sugar 
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • cookie cutters
  • cookie sheet, with non-stick spray or greased
  • rolling pin

 Mix the flour and salt in a medium bowl.  Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the butter and sugar on medium speed. 
 Beat until the mixture is light in color and has a fluffy texture.
Add vanilla and egg.  Beat until blended (1-2 min).
Add the dry ingredient mixture (flour&salt) and beat on low speed.
Remove dough from the bowl and divide into two balls.  
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours (up to 24 hours).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly dust the surface with flour.  Layout one of the dough portions.  Put flour on the rolling pin and roll out until about 1/8 of an inch thick.  Use cookie cutters of your choice.  
*I add flour to the cookie cutters to ensure the cookie dough won't stick.  Also I've found that once you've cut out your cookie, if you dust off the excess flour on the bottom the cookies keep their shape better.

Bake the cookies 1 sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  
Transfer to a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Repeat until all dough is used.
Decorate & Enjoy!!

Do you have a favorite tradition in your house?
Does baking sugar cookies make it onto your bucket list this year?

Linking up with...
Taste of Tuesday-- Jessica & Ashley
12 Days of Christmas-- Amber & Erin
Christmas is in the Air-- Chelsee & Christine
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  1. i haven't baked the first thing this year! hopefully when i go home for the holidays i will!

  2. I like baking them but i don't really like eating them either. I like frosting them too. I'll be sure to go light on the salt! ;)

  3. you really can't beat traditional sugar cookies. so many ways to serve them! and just to make you feel better -- I totally used soy sauce instead of vanilla in a pie once. awful, just awful.

    xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May

  4. Love this story! Totally sounds like something my sister and I would do! Glad it didn't keep you from making cookies again!

  5. This made me giggle! Salt instead of sugar? I bet that tasted just delightful!

  6. Just know you're not alone with all the baking mishaps.... I've been known to forget key ingredients like milk (and been there done that with the salt thing!). Wish I could say I wasn't a cookie person- lucky girl!

  7. These are too cute! I love making cookies! Thanks for linking up with Christine & me! Happy Holidays!

  8. I love love love sugar cookies!!! Thanks for linking up!!


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