Before you scroll to the bottom for the recipe, I want to share with you a bit of a story.
Katelyn is now 16, but when she was around 9, her dad and I separated. Katelyn was a competitive dancer and her dad and I made the difficult decision that we could not afford for Katelyn to continue with dance. I still remember telling her in the car that she would not be enrolled in the dance classes the following year and she took it like a champ. One tear slid down her face as her head sank into her hands. It ripped my heart out completely.
2 days later, she was at her dad’s house and got him to set up a table outside, complete with the whiteboard from the basement. She went into the house, grabbed chocolate chip cookies from the pantry along with some Chippits. Katelyn melted the Chippits, drizzled the chocolate over the cookies, and took them outside on a plate to sell for $.50 each. An hour later, she came running into the house opening her fist to show us $5.50. Beaming from ear to ear, she said to her dad and me, “Now I have some money. Can I put this towards my dance classes for next year please?”
Needless to say, I could not say no and so began Katelyn’s baking career. I taught her how to bake from scratch. Each year she made over $1000 and every penny went to her dance classes.
Why am I telling you this?
Every Christmas for 6 years, Katelyn made these cookies and sold them as part of her Christmas Baking Weekend. They were a huge hit, and to that end, I know they will be with your family too.
- 1 cup Unsalted butter
- 1 cup White sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Egg
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3 cups Flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl or in a mixer, cream butter and suger until smooth.
- Beat in Vanilla and egg.
- In a seperate bowl, combine baking powder adn salt with flour.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture a little at a time.
- Divide the dough into 2-3 chunks. Roll out the dough on floured surface. Use your cookie cutters to make cookie shapes, approximately 1/4 inch thick.
- Bake in oven for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet, transfer to cooling rack.