c is for cookie (and crisco)

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it’s not every day that you have the pleasure of recreating your boyfriend’s favorite sweet treat, so in honor of said momentous occasion, and because i actually really love taking pictures of food (gives me a break from all of the selfies), i employed S’s canon and documented the entire cookie-baking-and-subsequent-decorating process of grandma’s famous lemon sugar cookies this weekend -from ingredients compilation to final icing swipe.

since the recipe itself is a family tradition, i’m keeping the exact measurements a secret. but i will tell you that there is enough crisco in these babies (in the dough and icing) to coat more than just a baking pan (and that’s why they taste so good). and yes i would know as i ate not one but TWO of them thankyouverymuch (sometimes you just have to say “what gluten intolerance?”).

but more importantly, i will also tell you that the entire afternoon (and parts of the evening) S and i spent making the dough, rolling it out, using his impressive arsenal of cookie cutters, baking them, and finally icing, decorating, and eating them was one of the more special moments we’ve had in our 5-month relationship. being able to partake in one of S’s family’s long-standing holiday traditions not only made me feel more connected to him, but also reminded me why this time of year is just a bit more wonderful than the rest.



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  • Aunt Teresa
    December 10, 2014

    Very nice. I got a sugar high just looking at the pictures!!! I had a friend who made the best sugar cookies. Once you have a recipe that is perfect, never deviate from it. Those cookies were almost too festive to eat. Glad you enjoyed the fruits of your labor.

  • Aunt Teresa
    December 10, 2014

    Hey you… I left a comment yesterday but I don’t see it posted. Wanted to say the fruits of your (S&S) labor look delicious. I’m glad you were able to enjoy a few of them. I had a friend who made the best sugar cookies… when you find a perfect recipe you hang on to it (sort of like the two of you).
    Today I wanted to post that I snagged some of the photos (of course, who could resist). I noticed our Christmas card in one of the pictures (how sweet of you). Also, if you get super serious about cooking, try Saigon cinnamon and Madagascar (bourbon) vanilla. These two premium products make a huge difference in taste. Maybe Trader Joe’s carries them under their name; they would probably be less expensive. Enjoy every minute of your sweet day!

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