Christmas traditions always add a dose of jolly to the holiday season. A favorite tradition in my house each Christmas is the annual Cookie Party. Started many years ago by the family of my mom’s best friend it is an event that has been, and will continue to be, passed down for generations in my family. As Mom says, “it is a special tradition since childhood.”
So what exactly is the Cookie Party? My mom bakes a crazy amount of sugar cookies shaped in all different festive shapes. From reindeer to Christmas trees, and angels to snowmen, we have it all. When I was younger we used to invite a table-full of friends over to join in the fun. Now we have narrowed the party to mom, two of my closest friends, and myself, but it is still a blast. Mom sets our plates up with about a dozen cookies, and we eagerly get to decorating. Cookies are decorated with colorful icing and toppings galore. Chocolate chips, coconut, sprinkles, raisins, M&Ms, you name it – there are no limits. The Cookie Party provides good fun with great company, and Christmas wouldn’t be complete without it.
How can you have your own Cookie Party? My mom was gracious enough to be willing to share her “famous” recipe with the College Lifestyles world!
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour (plain)
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugar—-add beaten eggs and vanilla—-sift flour, baking powder, and salt—-mix together —- bake @ 350° for 10-12 minutes until golden brown
*Makes about 5 dozen*
2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Various food colorings
Pour powdered sugar into mixing bowl —- add butter and mix together —- add milk and vanilla —- stir until well blended —- divide icing into bowls and color as desired
(Consistency may vary – to make icing thicker add additional powdered sugar, to make icing thinner add additional milk)
*Tip: Don’t own a rolling pin? No worries – use a floured, smooth-edged cup to roll your dough*
My advice? Have fun and don’t set any limitations! It’s all about making memories that are guaranteed to last a lifetime. Crank up the Christmas tunes (check out CL’s Christmas Soundtrack) and ready, set, decorate! Merry Christmas!
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Abby Bryant is an intern with College Lifestyles™. She is a senior marketing major at Georgia College & State University® and is the president of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Omega®. Her Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the Cookie Party! Have holiday traditions of your own? Let us know about them!