Christmas Traditions

Please excuse the cellphone photo, I was too busy with cookie fun to even think about getting nice photos haha!
Every year I force anyone who is around me (pretty much just Will) to go on a cookie baking spree. When we get out to Phoenix I go through my mom's old cookie cutters and pick out the best ones and start making the dough. The only problem I've had is I was unable to find a really great plain sugar cookie recipe, until this year! I know some of you all must be thinking "Oh come on Amanda, how hard is it to mess up sugar cookies? It's pretty much just sugar, flour, butter, etc" I hear you, but my taste buds aren't easily satisfied it seems! So every year I try a new recipe and some are ok and others are just bleh. This year however, the recipe I used is a keeper!
Our frosting techniques still need a little work, haha!
Also, I recently learned that you can use jell-o mix to color and flavor your frosting! How genius is that?! I am pretty sure this is the only way I will ever color frosting again!

What types of things do you guys love to do during the holidays?

Happy Christmas Eve!

x's and o's


  1. Jell-O mix! OMG. Brilliant!


  2. So cute!! Hope you're having a lovely Christmas :)


  3. Merry Christmas!


  4. I never heard of using Jello mix for flavoring an coloring frosting. Do you just mix the powder into the frosting or do you have to add something else? How neat!

  5. You just mix in the jello powder to taste into your white frosting and that's it! Super simple!

  6. I know you've now found your dream recipe, but having eaten around 72 of these in a three day period I have to share the best (and easiest) recipe for sugar cookies - hands down is Nigella Lawson's:
    90g soft butter, 100g caster sugar, 1 large egg , 1 tsp vanilla extract, 200g all purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt.
    Cream butter and sugar, beat in egg and vanilla, fold in the rest of the stuff. Make into 2 discs, stick in fridge for 30mins before rolling out, cutting and putting in oven for 10ish minutes.
    My three year old bossed these when making them for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve.


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