I love the holidays, but it always feels like they come around so quickly I get a little overwhelmed and anxious. Getting the house ready for hosting Thanksgiving, followed by putting up Christmas decorations and shopping for gifts, it's a crazy time of year for us. So I've started a holiday tradition to help me get through the hectic holiday hustle calmly and enjoy the spirit of the season.
A few days before Thanksgiving I set aside some time to pull out our Christmas decorations and sort through them. But first, coffee! Coffee and sugar cookies, a batch of deliciousness and a sweet cup of caffeine to get me in the spirit of the season. I turn on some Christmas music, sit and sip as I unwrap ornaments and reminisce over our collection of momentos. Theres an ornament from our honeymoon trip, a Christmas mouse passed down from my childhood, our son's baby footprint. I love taking the time to celebrate these memories and imagine the new ones we will create this year.
Celebrating the holiday season can be as simple as a taste of something that takes you back to Christmas long ago. I remember making sugar cookies with my mom, rolling out the dough and impatiently waiting for them to bake. So that taste of sweetness is something I like to indulge in when I have the chance to bake a batch for my family to enjoy. I also love that I can easily add that same deliciousness to my coffee with International Delight's Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer.
Here's my recipe for the Perfect Sugar Cookie. Hope you enjoy it and take a little time for yourself to celebrate the spirit of the season. Happy Holidays!
- 2 cups of granulated white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups softened butter
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut cookies about 1/2 inch thick. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Let cool before serving.
Target is the perfect place to grab a few seasonal goodies. They've got International Delight in several festive flavors like Sugar Cookie, Peppermint Mocha and White Chocolate Raspberry. Plus they've got my favorite Dunkin Donuts coffee and the cutest Christmas ornaments to add to our collection. Cartwheel will be offering 5% off on International Delight, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Silk Coffee Creamer from 12/1/15 – 12/24/2015
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.