Cookies are Always a good idea

I was feeling a bit of “mom guilt” since the kids and I never got a chance to bake cookies together before Christmas, what with all the traveling and such.

So… we made some post-Christmas, Christmas cookies.  Which I think was a stellar idea and we may do every year from now on since we were totally chill about it and just had fun.

The boys and I did all of the baking and decorating while K was napping because let’s face it, toddlers and flour just don’t really mix. No pun intended.  And she was cool with just eating the fruits of our labor.  Trust me.

Here’s my right-hand man in the baking department…

And then the chief flour-catcher and beater-licker came on the scene (also known as Little G).

I decided to limit our cookie cutter choices to only three and we made snowmen, “ginger men” and Christmas trees.  The boys did a really great job and The B Man was especially proud of his creations, as was I.  He is my little artist after all. And Little G was really good at putting the cut-out cookies on the pan.  I’m thinking in the next couple of years I can just sit in the other room with my coffee while the kids do all the work baking. Right?

And just because I fee like sharing here’s the recipe for the super easy sugar cookies I make every year:

2 sticks butter at room temp

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp kosher salt

Beat butter and sugar together in bowl of electric mixer on medium until smooth.  Add egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and reduce mixer speed to slow.  Mix flour and baking soda and salt in a bowl. Gradually add flour mixture until well blended and dough thickens.  You may need to add a little more flour.  Shape into a 1-inch flat disk, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll dough out on floured surface to 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes. Place cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

I found the frosting recipe on Pinterest.

You know, if you want to make some New Year cookies…  It’s never too late. ;P

p.s. Miss Elaine-ous Monday will be back next week.  Hope you will all link up!  Any post will do!


  1. I just made cookies the other day with the kids since I didn’t go to do it before Christmas. They had a blast (yours look a lot better than ours did).

  2. They look awesome!

  3. I ate all of my cookies so I had to make more this week. It was much easier without the pressure of the holidays!

  4. I love these!! I love making cutouts every Christmas. So fun!

  5. So fun! And they turned out so cute! I was going to make one last batch of cookies before I’m good again, but I didn’t get to yesterday. Maybe I can wait one more day before I’m strict again! Cause there’s no way I’m making cookies and not eating them!

  6. Yum! Christmas cookies, New Years cookies…. all the same to me!

  7. Yummy! Such great pictures to capture the memories too.

    I am with you, in the other room with coffee…the boys can do all the baking πŸ˜‰

  8. I made cookies with the kids before Christmas and when I ate the last one, I wanted to make more because cookies are wonderful and I have become slightly addicted to them since Christmas.

  9. My kids didn’t really show any interest in helping with the holiday baking this year. Which was weird, but also kind of nice. We did cut out some sugar cookies together that I let them decorate, but that was pretty much it.

  10. sounds like a great tradition. and you know how i LOVE traditions!!!

    happy new year πŸ˜€

  11. This makes me want to bake cookies right now!

  12. It sounds like WAY more fun to make them after Christmas than before. What a great idea!!!! :)

  13. I made cookies (9,6,2) with my kids before the holidays. I am not ashamed to say that I bought the tube of dough this afternoon and completely cut them out of the process :)

  14. Stunning, and yum- a perfect combo!


  15. My favorite is the one of G licking the mixer! Isn’t that always the best part? :-)