I recently had to dig through my mom’s recipe arsenal for family recipes that illustrate my family’s heritage. Well, that was hard since both sides of my family have been in America for a long time. My maternal grandmother has ancestors that were registered and came over on the Mayflower. My dad’s side of the family is a little blurrier but my aunt and late great grandmother for have made these cookies as long as I can remember. So I decided to make them to illustrate a part of my family. They are a cut out cookie but puff up a lot during the cooking process so choose simple cookie cutters like hearts or stars or circles, like I did.
These little guys are airy, fluffy, and simple. I grew up with them with frosting on them but traditionally they do not have any. Either way they are a unique, not too sweet cookie perfect for tea time or with a cup of your morning coffee. Do I say that in all my cookie recipe blog posts? Hm, that might be a trait I get from my mother.
- 2 C granulated sugar
- 1 C salted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 C sour cream
- 3 eggs
- 2 t baking soda
- 1/4 t ground nutmeg (freshly ground, if possible)*
- 3 C all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
No Recipe Frosting Recipe
2 T Soft Butter
Whole Milk or cream
Splash of vanilla extract
1. Starting with 2 cups of powdered sugar and butter, beat all ingredients, adding just a touch of milk at a time until desired consistency. If you want the frosting thicker, add more powdered sugar, if you want it thinner, add more milk.
As these little babies baked, I could smell Christmas because that is usually the only time I make these or have them. I shared them with pride and told the blurry story of what I know of my dad’s side of the family. People enjoyed them and some even asked for the recipe, which always feels good.
Listening to: the stories of other people cultures and family histories