KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | December 2016

How to Make Aunt Betty's Special Holiday Sugar Cookies

By Kim Brown


Kim Brown works as our financial manager. She is also the very coll person who makes our office events fun. Kim was kind enough to share her aunt's special holiday cookie recipe. As with all our recipes, please have an adult nearby to help. If you do make these, take a picture and send it to us! Kim says: "This recipe is in honor of my aunt, Betty Gagalski Elburn. Four generations of my family have been making these!"


First, heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.



½ cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg


Mix the above ingredients using a spoon or a mixer on low speed and set aside.


½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Sift together the dry ingredients above and blend with butter mixture. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix well. Use your hands to make the dough into a ball.


On a floured surface, roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin. Cut out with cookie cutters or a round glass. 

Then, bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until very lightly browned. Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet after they have cooled a bit.  



¾ cup sifted powdered sugar

3-4 teaspoons water

food coloring to suit the holiday you are celebrating


Prepare icing by mixing together the first two ingredients, adding the water a little at a time so as not to make the icing too thin. You may add more sugar if the icing becomes too thin.  Add food coloring a little at a time until you see the color that you like.  When the cookies have cooled, use a small, clean paintbrush to spread the icing from edge to edge on each cookie. This is easiest to do on a wire rack. Let the icing dry thoroughly.  

Many different shapes can be made using various cookie cutters for all types of holiday celebrations throughout the year. You can double this recipe easily because you will want to make enough to share with your family and friends!