For Rebecca’s Christmas Recipe Roundup
I inherited this old cookbook from my mother – The Purity Cookbook published in 1945. I discovered online that a copy in good condition is worth $74.50. My copy is missing a cover, a few pages and is stained with various ingredients, so I don’t think it would bring the top price. But it’s priceless to me. So many memories – little notes beside favourite recipes – and on the back page a recipe in my own childish handwriting for chocolate fudge. Also my mother kept a record of all our childhood illnesses in the back of the book – I had mumps in 1959, measles in 1961 and chicken pox in 1966.
These sugar cookies are one of our favourite Christmas recipes from this cookbook.I have tried a lot of sugar cookie recipes and I like this one the best. Every year we get out all of our Christmas cookie cutters, red and green sugar sprinkles and have a cookie-making party.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg or 2 egg yolks
2 T milk or cream
1/2 t vanilla
1 3/4 c sifted flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
Cream butter, add sugar gradually, followed by well beaten egg, milk and vanilla. Mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt and add to first mixture. Mix well. Chill, then roll 1/8 in. thick and cut with cookie cutters. Decorate with red or green sprinkles. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 35 degrees for 8-10 min. Cookies are very light brown on bottom when baked.
If you have a favourite Christmas recipe, why not pop over to Rebecca’s and join the party!