Make, Roll, Cut, Bake and Decorate – Easy No-Chill Sugar Cookies
No More Waiting 2 Hours to Roll and Cut Dough
I like to be able to start and finish everything on my to-do list, ESPECIALLY around Christmas when I feel like a mad woman trying to get everything done. I don’t have time to wait around after making the sugar cookie dough. Plus, I hate to take cold dough out of the fridge that is hard to roll. So, Why not make sugar cookies for Santa without the hassle!
Best Chill Free Sugar Cookies
1 Cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
1 Cup Granulated White Sugar
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
3/4 TSP Almond Extract
2 TSP Baking Powder
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Beat butter and sugar together for 3 minutes
Add extracts and egg until well blended
Add baking powder, mixing well
Slowly add in flour allowing flour to mix evenly into dough (it will become pretty stiff so if you need to hand knead it, you can. Just make sure your hands are wet to keep from dough sticking)
Roll on a floured surface to 1/4 inch and cut.
Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet until firm.
Decorate and eat (Don’t forget to put some Santa’s plate!)
Each year, I feel like some of my memories from childhood fade. I am 35 now which isn’t very old but I can feel those memories that use to be so alive, fading from year to year. Sometimes I wish I could just think back to a certain time in my life, a certain Christmas memory or maybe a special program I was in at school. I want to not only soak up the moment but make it an awesome memory for years to come!
As I was thinking about packing up the decorations, I got a little sad. It means yet another year has come and gone. Memories made this year will one day fade and new ones will be created. I try documenting a lot through pictures but have never been good about keeping a diary. I wish I was better at that kind of stuff! As I was thinking about packing everything up, I came up with an idea that got me excited about packing it all away.
This year, I am going to have everyone in my family write down memories they have from this past year. Maybe some silly conversation or a sweet moment. Maybe something super simple that just meant the world to us. A certain gift given that we don’t ever want to forget about or a good deed someone did for us.
After each person writes as much or as little as they would like (or a drawing for my youngest who can’t write yet), we will put our letters in a sealed envelope. As we pack up the decorations, I am going to place the envelopes all together inside the decorations box. Next year, as we get ready to decorate (which has always been a special family time for us as a family), we can open those letters and read them out loud. It will allow us to see the great memories of 2016 and help it not to fade as 2017 is coming to a close. Each year will be a surprise not knowing what everyone else wrote down about their favorite times.
I will hold each letter from year to year in a special box. As my children grow older and have a family of their own, I can give them a special book full of THEIR OWN memories from each year. How awesome would that be? I can’t wait to see what memories we can make in 2017! Who’s with me on this?
So often on Christmas and all year long, we forget the very meaning of Christmas. Christmas has become such a social holiday that Christ has been forgotten. The whole reason we have Christmas, to begin with, is to celebrate the birth of our Lord! Take a few minutes, listen to this song and think about the TRUE meaning of Christmas!
Let Josh know what you think in the comments below! I’m pretty proud of my husband. He has several songs he has written. Maybe I will get a few more recorded and uploaded for you all if you enjoy listening to new music! Merry Christmas Everyone!