Growing up, these cookies were the first sign that Christmas was right around the corner. My mom would prop me up on the counter and we would mix these sugar cookies up while the Christmas tunes blared in the kitchen. It was (and still is) the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
I love these cookies not only because of the memories associated with them but also because they are absolutely delicious. Buttery and soft they are the perfect sugar cookie. Step aside Lofthouse Sugar Cookies, the real deal is in town...minus the canned frosting. My mom always used canned cream cheese frosting and to be honest, that is the way I like these. I have tried making them "fancier" with homemade frosting but they just don't taste right.
Make these your new holiday tradition.
Amazing I tell you.
My Mom and I had a good laugh about these cookies last weekend. We were decorating them and I asked "Did you come up with this whole holly berry giddy-up yourself?" While laughing my mom said "yes, yes I did." As long as I can remember my mom decorated these cookies just like this...white frosting, green leaves and a red hot. I love them. And her. I will continue to decorate these cookies like this until the day I die. Mark.my.words.
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
3/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Frosting and Red Hots for decorating
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the sugar, powdered sugar, butter, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat for about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Add the flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Stir again just until combined.
Roll into small balls (I used my cookie scoop then rolled the dough between my hands. If you don't do this you will get the ridges from the cookie scoop) and place onto a baking sheet. You do not need to grease the cookie sheet.
Bake for about 8-10 minutes just until the very edges start to brown, don't over cook these.
Frost with white frosting and decorate as you please. I encourage you to use fancy frosting in a tube and create holly leaves and use a red hot for a holly berry. Just sayin'.
Recipe by: Sue Curtis.