The Family Table

Educating Families About the Benefits of Family Meals

Holiday Cookie Recipe


The holiday season brings many different family traditions. Whether it be special treats, gifts, or family outings, the holiday season has a way of bringing our families together. A few of our staff shared their traditions and favorite things about the holiday season with their families.

Linda, Program Manager: It seems there is always a need for a small tray of goodies to go to this event, or that party, or just to share with friends at this time of the year. The last ten years or so we have planned to make what seems like a million cookies the day after Thanksgiving. Our bakers are an assortment of all six of our kids (now son in-laws and girlfriends too), nieces, nephews and others.

Instead of fighting crowds, we engage in a great family activity that pays off throughout the month by providing instant answers to the need for a tray to share. At the end of the day, we generally have homemade chili, applesauce from our own apples, milk and warm cornbread. It is a great way to give practice in communication and teamwork while having lots of fun.

Favorite Sugar Cookie recipe
½ c. honey
1 c. shortening or lard
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. salt
1 c. buttermilk
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. nutmeg

1.  Mix honey, shortening (lard), sugar , eggs and salt together.
2. Add buttermilk and mix.
3. Add baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg and 2 c. flour and mix.
While mixing add around 4 c. flour so that the dough won’t stick to your hands.
(Sometimes it works better if chilled before rolling, cutting and baking.)
4. Bake at 350 degrees till slightly golden brown.
Cookie dough can be rolled to a thickness of about ¼” and cut into shapes OR can be rolled into balls, flattened to about ¼” and baked.
Can be iced and decorated or eaten without icing.

Pumpkin Cookies
2 c. flour
1 c. quick oatmeal
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt
1 c. margarine or butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. pumpkin (cooked fresh or canned)
1 c. chocolate chip bits or raisins
Icing as desired
Candies as desired

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine flour, oatmeal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
3. Cream butter/margarine and gradually add sugars, beating until light & fluffy.
4. Add egg and vanilla – mix well.
5. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin mixing well after each addition.
6. Stir in morsels.
7. For each cookie, drop ¼ c. dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
8. Spread into whatever shape you want pumpkins, circles or trees using a thin metal spatula. Add a little dough to make the stem or trunk.
9. Bake 20-25 minutes until firm & lightly browned.
10. Ice and decorate, if desired.
You can substitute raisins for the chocolate bits.

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ c. margarine or butter (softened)
2 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. grated lemon or orange rind (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2c. whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine all ingredients except flour, 2Tbsp sugar, and cinnamon and blend well.
3. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level. Stir in flour.
4. Shape into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies slightly.
5. Combine 2 Tbsp. sugar and cinnamon: sprinkle mixture over cookies.
6. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown. (Cookies will be soft in center.)

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Linda Hathaway, Program Manager


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