Is there a more fun food holiday tradition than baking cookies with the kids?! I guess not!
My kids love cookies and I usually buy some packages of the "usual suspects", like Oreos, ChipsAhoy and our beloved Maria cookies. Back in Portugal, Maria cookies are always a success and kids are used to eating them since they are toddlers. Although the pre-packages cookies are, indeed, convenient we also like to bake our own cookies once in a while.
Chocolate chip cookies are a must but for the holiday season I think butter cookies are the best! They are crunchy, sweet, flaky and simply delicious! I have to control myself and the kids to not eat a whole batch of butter cookies at once! The recipe I used is the most simple ever and I can't even remember where I got it from...probably just browsing on the internet trying to find something sweet, easy to make and fast to get on the plate!
1 - Preheat the oven to 350 F.
2 - Cream the butter and the sugar on the mixer, until the mixture is pretty fluffy. Add the flour and mix well.
3 - Roll the dough in a log form and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes just for the dough to harden a bit.
4 - Roll the dough on a working surface sprinkled with flour and work the dough, pressing it and rolling it with a rolling pin. Cut the cookies in the preferred shapes - we used Christmas cookie cutters, which the kids absolutely adore!
5 - Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes and let them cool on a baking rack so they get crunchy and flaky.
You can also decorate the cookies with icing if you feel like it or if your kids like it but we prefer the cookies plain and golden, just like the ones in the picture. I always try to make sure that we have, at least, two cookies of the same shape so the kids won't get into a fight over the cookies! If you've got kids you know how it goes, right?!
As you can see, this is a pretty easy recipe and I guarantee that you'll get some happy guests if you serve them up some of these cute treats. Who can resist a sweet lovely reindeer, like this one?