Debbie’s Sugar Cookies

Debbie’s Sugar Cookies

In honor of two beautiful souls who are no longer with us. An ode to mom and dad this Christmas.

From the earliest moments of my childhood, my mom made Christmas an enchanting experience for our family. The twinkling lights of the Christmas tree on Christmas morning, intimate dinners with just the six of us on Christmas Eve, and the delightful chaos of holiday baking leading up to Christmas Day are memories etched in my mind. Among the cherished recipes we baked yearly was my mom’s sugar cookie recipe—a feat she managed despite caring for four kids and keeping the house tidy while letting us revel in the joyous mess.

For us four girls, adorning those sugar cookies with heaps of sprinkles remains one of our most treasured memories—a tradition we’ve carried into our adult lives. I’m motivated to share this recipe with all of you, hoping it will infuse magic into your own homes.

There was always a glimmer of joy, a beacon of hope in the world we inhabited, courtesy of my parents who made sure the magic of Christmas stayed alive within our walls each year. My aspiration is to perpetuate this magic and tradition in my family and beyond, for generations to come.

I pound butter (4 sticks)
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour

Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Separate 3 eggs.
Add 3 yolks and 1 whole egg.
Stir in vanilla.
Gradually stir in flour.
Roll dough in 2 balls and wrap in wax paper or parchment.
Chill dough for 3 hours or overnight.
Roll dough and decorate cookies with sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Keep a close eye on the cookies while they bake, as they tend to cook faster than anticipated. Remove them when they seem slightly underdone for the perfect treat.


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I love this story of your dear Mom – what a beautiful spirit…I can picture all of this so well, and I’m happy you have these treasured memories of your loving parents to bring you some comfort and joy during this season. Thank you for sharing the recipe! I’m going to make them✨

Dana Schmidt

Thank you for sharing such a special recipe.

Monica Caltabiano

Kirsten- Your parents were such sweethearts and so supportive of the kids in the SC water sports community. The impact of their efforts (and their kids) are a lasting legacy that have transformed Santa Cruz for the better. Sending a big hug to the family and looking forward to making Debbie’s recipe ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Kelly McCormick

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