For most Americans, the holiday season brings shopping, decoration, and best of all cookie baking. Sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and baking powder or soda by themselves, these humble ingredients are the main parts of infinite recipes, but when combined in a certain way, they compose one of the most traditional, well known and well loved cookies in the whole world; The Sugar Cookie. What’s Christmas without classic Sugar Cookies? Pure and simple the sugar cookie is a favorite (especially at Christmas) but the recipe along with baking rituals, is what you will want to share, hand down and make again and again (See the Best Sugar Cookie Recipe). Innumerable people have spent quality time together mixing, rolling, cutting, baking, and decorating sugar cookies for the holidays. It’s time to drag out a baking sheet, start looking for your favorite shaped cookie cutters, gather your ingredients, round up the kids, family, and friends then get baking! Don’t forget the colored sugar, sprinkles, silver balls and frosting because baking the cookies is fun but decorating is the best part.
One of my most vivid and favorite memories of my childhood revolves around baking with my dad. Every year, at Christmas time, we would go to the bakery and I would help him make the sugar cookies. I can remember the wonderful aroma that filled the air as the cookies were baking. I couldn’t wait until they came out of the oven so I could decorate them. I loved pouring on the colored sugar and sprinkles and made sure each cookie was completely covered with pretty decorations. I continued those Christmas baking traditions with my two boys. From the time they were five years they would come with me to the bakery and we would get busy with those sugar cookies. We would wait to see which cookies didn’t make it off of the sheets whole because of course we got to eat the broken ones! Hot, sweet and delicious! It is memories that like these that we treasure for a life time.
Some time in the 1930’s it became traditional for children to leave sugar cookies and milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The colorful, sweet cookies made into happy, cheerful Christmassy shapes of bells. Stars, trees, snowmen, holly leaves and reindeer were there for the taking. Those cookies then and today were undoubtedly made with care and a lot of love by excited children who can’t wait to come down on Christmas morning to find the empty plate. These are wonderful Christmas memories and traditions…what are yours?
If you run out of time to bake we will have an abundance of Sugar Cookies in the bakery for you and your family.
From our family to your family with love!
Don’t forget to tune into TLC on Monday, December 16 at 9:00 PM to watch The Bakery Boss featuring Oteri’s Italian Bakery! We got the opportunity to prove to Buddy how talented we are as a bakery. You will learn things about the Oteri Family that you never knew. You can follow us on twitter and tweet about us during the show!