Baking my grandmother’s favorite family holiday cookies!

This morning, after yoga class two of my fellow yogis and I were chatting about the holidays. I told them that I always bake my sweet grandmother’s butter cookies with her secret ingredient for Chanukah.  I asked if they would like the recipe; they said yes; and I told them I would send them the recipe. My Blue Brain thought it would be a “delicious” idea to share the recipe with my blog readers.

The photo to the left is my maternal grandmother, Mimi Eva, and our elder son Joshua (age 5) baking in our kitchen in Highland Park, Illinois, in 1975.

Mimi Eva’s Chanukah Cookies or Best Butter Cookies
1 C. Sugar
2 Sticks Butter(softened)
2 Large Eggs (beaten)
1 tsp. Vanilla
4 C. Sifted Flour
2 TBS. Baking Powder
1 Pinch of Salt
1-2 TBS Sour Cream (Mimi’s Secret Ingredient)
Sugar and Cinnamon mixture

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Beat sugar, eggs and vanilla
Sift all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) together and gradually mix into sugar, butter and eggs. Add sour cream as needed.

Refrigerate until firm.
Roll out on to a flour dusted cutting surface. (I use the wooden cutting board and rolling pin Mimi gave me, when I was a bride, 53 years ago)
Cut desired holiday shapes (I make traditional dreidel, Star of David and Chanukah menorah shapes)
Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper or sprayed with Pam
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture, colored sugar or sprinkles

Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes depending on your taste and oven temperature.

Makes a lot, depending on how thick you like them. Our family likes them crispy, thin and brown.
Enjoy and please share Mimi’s favorite family holiday or best butter cookies with your loved ones!

Do you have a favorite family holiday cookie?

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  1. Gail on December 18, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    bring’m on!!

    • sheila on February 21, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      Dear Gail, I am sorry that I did not respond sooner. I just saw you “bring’m on!!” comment. They were yummy and we all enjoyed them for the holiday. In fact, Lennie and Cheryl Kranz enjoyed them with us. Sweet Mammoth Memories!

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