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Making sweet holiday memories


Welcome to our December issue, in which we’re celebrating being home for the holidays.
Many of you have probably already put up a tree and planned outings to view Christmas lights.
But the holidays are about more than the trees, the lights and the search for that perfect gift. For me, it’s a time to take part in long-held traditions and spending quality time with family and friends.
One of the things I look forward to most is gathering at my mom’s house to make sugar cookies. My mom, my sister and I have this down to a science. Mom is in charge of measuring and mixing the ingredients. My sister usually rolls the cookies. (The rolling pin is not my friend!) I usually watch the oven and add the sweet, colorful glaze when they’re done baking.
It’s always fun to watch the rows and rows of cookies accumulate. The sweet treats are divided among the three of us and my nieces. Part of my stash usually finds its way to co-workers and friends.
While the cookies are good, it’s more about the time we spend around the table catching up.
Inside this issue, you’ll find people who share their own special memories. And one family who is making new memories in their new home. Others offered up recipes that help make the holidays special.
I hope your memories are special as well.
Happy holidays!

Sugar cookies
3½ cups sifted all-purpose flour
2½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
⅔ cup butter or margarine
1½ cups granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 tablespoon milk
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter; add sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy. Add extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating until blended after each addition.
Roll out part of the dough at a time, to about ⅛ inch thick on lightly floured board. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 400 degrees 8 to 9 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cool on racks.
You can sprinkle with sugar before baking. We add a glaze of powdered sugar, food coloring and milk or water when they come out of the oven.