|Spritz butter cookies!|
During the holidays, my kids and I make many varieties of goodies. But year after year, the ones that always end up first on the list are these scrumptious spritz butter cookies.
|Cody mixing the dough|
Growing up, my mom had a vintage cookie press. It popped out cool-shaped treats. Mom had a amazing butter cookie recipe that she would whip up during the holidays. The cookie press would create stars, wreaths, Christmas trees, pinwheels, and even camels! Before entering the oven, my siblings and I would cover each one with liberal amounts of colored sugar. In my family, it just wasn't Christmas without a big plate of "spritz cookies."
|Little camels, ready for the oven|
When my kids came along, I continued the tradition. I acquired the exact same cookie press as my mom (an amazing garage sale find!). Using her recipe, I'd set the kids down for a fun afternoon of baking. While I mixed the dough, and squirted cookies onto the pan, they were in charge of decorating.
|Squirting out trees|
When my kids became teenagers, our roles reversed. My son Cody, who loves to bake, took over the job of chief cookie maker. I was happily demoted to sprinkle-shaker.
|Making cookies is a family project|
This past weekend, both kids were home for Thanksgiving. Getting in the spirit of the season, Cody dug out my cookie press. Joined by my daughter Denise and I, the three of us enjoyed a fun afternoon of baking.
|I even found a way to help, while keeping that foot elevated|
Still sidelined by slowly-healing bunion surgery, I found a way to help decorate while keeping the foot elevated.
|Adding the sprinkles|
Volunteering to bring cookies for a party later that week, Cody whipped up three batches. He kept one white, colored one green, and another red. Denise and I adorned his creations with red and green colored sugar. So festive!
|"No more pictures mom!"|
Being laid up for the past month, I was eager to use my camera again. My poor kids became unwilling subjects. They put up with me for awhile. Then I got "the look" from my daughter.
|The cookies are done!|
My new camera goes up to 6400 ISO. All of these photos were shot at ISO 6400 without using a flash. Although some images were a bit grainy, but I think most of them turned out quite nice.
|Mmmm.....nothing better than freshly baked cookies|
Our house quickly filled with the mouth-watering aroma of cookies baking. Once a batch was pulled from the oven, my kids and I eagerly sampled the goods. (Hey - gotta do quality control!) Is there anything better than a warm cookie straight from the oven?
Although my kids are now back at their jobs and school, I look forward to having us all together again at Christmas. Hmmmm.......think I can get them to make some more cookies?
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