For Christmas each year we usually “adopt” a child off the tree at my church. Unfortunately we missed the bus this year. Instead, we were able to adopt a senior through a program at my dad’s work at Walgreens. We picked out a little 86 year old woman who wanted a gift basket with cookies, candy, and makeup. Mom and I decided to make some of our family’s 8 trick butter cookies. These are our traditional Christmas cookies. We have made them every year for as long as I remember. Our true holiday baking day is this coming Saturday in which we will spend a good 4-8 hours baking hundreds of 8 trick butter cookies and kolacky.
True to it’s name, these cookies can be made in at least 8 different ways. We tend to roll it out and cookie cut them with Christmas shapes and decorate them with sprinkles. For the sake of time, we made the dough, rolled it into balls, pressed into sprinkles and then pressed down. They turned out pretty tasty. Definitely tasted a little different and had a different texture than I’m used to but still delicious.
We packaged them into a pretty Christmas tin (and had enough for some presents for someone else). I am still making the basket but will post it on here before we send it off with my dad.
8 Trick Butter Cookies
1 C room temp butter
1 1/2 C sifted powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1. Beat butter and sugar together.
2. Once light and fluffy, add one egg. Beat well
3. Add vanilla
4. Mix flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt together.
5. Add in 1/3 of flour to butter mixture, mix well. Continue to add flour in thirds until well incorporated
6. Transfer dough onto saran wrap. Form into a block and refrigerate overnight (at least 2 hours). The cookies do not hold their shape as well if you do not refrigerate overnight.
7. Next day, preheat oven to 400 degrees
8. you can roll out to 1/4 in thickness and cut with cookie cutters or take 1 Tbsp balls and flatten to a little thicker than 1/4 inch.
9. Decorate with sprinkles, keep plain, add sugar.
10. Bake 4-6 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Do not overcook!
Store in air tight container/tins.