Susan’s story was so sweet and has a great cookie recipe that we’ve bookmarked to try out for ourselves!

“My parents had a tradition of baking Christmas cookies together every year, one year making over 28 different kinds of cookies! My bedroom was on the second floor and I remember laying in bed while they baked cookies late into the night, enjoying all of those wonderful smells wafting from the downstairs. I could hear them in that kitchen, having such a good time together….. baking and laughing.  Good times.  The end result was a child’s dream come true.  All of those wonderful homemade cookies!  After my father died, very unexpectedly, my mother and I became very close, living together for the next 6 years, until my marriage in 1979, continuing the tradition and sharing the cookies with my sister and her family.  After my marriage, we started a new tradition – Cookie Day!!  My sister would bring my mother to my house, which is some distance away, and we would bake white cut out cookies, chocolate cut out cookies and kiffles.  We’d spend 12 hours in the kitchen…… rolling out dough (that was my mother’s job), cutting out holiday shapes, decorating with sanding sugar (that was my job) and baking and watching the oven (my sister’s job).  As my mother aged, she had difficulty doing her “job” so my sister and I would help her by taking turns rolling the dough.  This year my mother celebrated her 91st birthday and we are trying to decide if this tradition will continue as her mobility is not very good.  After all of these years of happy cookie memories we are determined to continue this tradition and have planned on having our annual Cookie Day in mid-December.  Mother will just have to supervise instead of rolling out dough.  I think she will be ok with that!!  As long as we’re together…….  baking and laughing ….. having a good time together.”

White Cut-Out Cookies
1 pound confectioner’s sugar
1 pound margarine, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon Rodelle vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 cups flour

In a VERY large bowl, combine the sugar and margarine.  Mix well.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Beat by hand until well incorporated.  In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and vinegar.  Stir to dissolve the baking soda. (Mixture will become very foamy).  Pour into margarine mixture and mix well.  Add the flour and mix, by hand, until all the flour is absorbed and mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.  Transfer to waxed paper.  Wrap and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Cut cookie dough into eighths and roll out (one eighth at a time, keeping unused dough in refrigerator) in a mixture of 1/2 flour and 1/2 confectioner’s sugar.  Cut with cookie cutters, place on prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle with decorative sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just brown around
the edges.  Transfer to wire rack to cool.
Thanks for sharing, Susan!!