For the last few years, I’ve leaned towards DIY Christmas gifts for my loved ones – in part because budgeting for gifts is extremely difficult on a single income, but also because I love making things. After spending hours and hours trying to decide what the “best” gift for this person or that person might be, I threw caution to the wind last year and made almost every gift I gave.
It was awesome.
My favourite DIYs involved my son’s hands and feet, first with our Christmas Tree canvas and second, with our LOVE canvas collection. We had a BLAST, but clean up was a whole other ball game – especially the time my son ran down the hall with paint on his feet. Oops!
This year, my Christmas lead-up has been lonely as my son is in Cape Breton with my family until we get him into a preschool in our new city (it’s a nightmare). It’s excruciating to be here in Moncton all alone during a time of “togetherness”, but I found a way to survive my (hopefully) last solo-weekend before Christmas: all kinds of COOKIES.
FOURTEEN DOZEN cookies to be exact (I don’t care if I ever bake another cookie again). It was a tiresome weekend, let me tell you. Who knew baking could cause such a sore back? Anyway. Ginger cookies, shortbread cookies and these super easy sugar cookies – including a flop involving whole wheat flour and way too little sugar – and I’ve got no room left in my freezer. At least my other cookies don’t require an oven.
And now, I’m sharing the love.
Super Easy Sugar Cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
3. Cream together margarine and 2 cups sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time then add vanilla. Blend well. Gradually mix in dry ingredients and stir until just blended.
4. Using a tea spoon, scoop dough and roll between your palms to create walnut-sized balls. Roll balls in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass or other flat instrument.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 - 10 minutes, or until just golden.
Adapted from A crumpled piece of paper I found in my cookbook