When we were kids, baking and frosting my mom’s homemade sugar cookies was high on our list of anticipated Christmas activities. I am still partial to the 8-piece red plastic set of cookie cutters that was my mom’s, and I just can’t settle in to using the newer metal ones. It may sound odd now, but we sucked a hole into each raw cookie with a straw so that they could hang from the tree at Christmas. I had no qualms then about eating them off the tree. Now, it would be a different story.
Rolled and cut sugar cookies, of all the Christmas treats are, in my humble opinion, the most labor intensive. In the years when my Christmas spirit doesn’t develop, the sugar cookies are the first to be sacrificed. The solution, I discovered this year, is to cheat.
At Thanksgiving, we were trolling the aisles at Costco, presumably buying “only what’s on the list,” but our cart was already full of extras, when we stumbled upon an enormous back of Krusteaz Sugar Cookie Mix. In full impulse shopping mode, we bought a $17.00 bag that advertised it made 21 dozen cookies.
We made our first two batches in early December, dropping the dough on the pan. They were thin, crisp, and amazingly sweet (even without sugar sprinkles). We proceeded to make more batches through the holidays, using the alternate recipe on the bag for rolled and cut cookies. Perfect every time (even I didn’t ruin them). No frosting needed.
We calculated that we got our money’s worth: total investment (with butter and eggs), $22.00. That’s less than 10 cents a cookie. Voracious cookie eaters, we couldn’t bake and eat enough to finish the bag until I baked them for a birthday party tonight, in late January. I cut them into heart shapes and sprinkled them with red sugar.
I discovered this size bag is available November – December at Costco, but plenty of grocery stores nearby stock the regular single-batch, 3-dozen variety year-round. Making a list of things to remember for next year? (Who doesn’t ?) Keep your eyes peeled in November for Krusteaz.