Texas Sugar Cookies

Santa’s almost here and I of course am behind.
Daily I have been reminded of the cookies that need to be made for Santa’s arrival.   Add to the list the tamales I have yet to begin, the brisket I must prep, a pot of beans and well it leaves for a busy day.
So we have decided to leave Santa a tasty Texas cookie.  Why not butter him up with sugar cookies in shape of our great state?  Just a gentle nod for him remember us next year.
Knowing he will be in a festive mood, we are also leaving him a Texas Christmas beer…hey it’s the holidays..why can’t Santa celebrate?
So for St. Nick we leave St Arnold…the patron saint of brewers.
Happy Holidays to all !! Sweet Life sends big Texas hugs and sticky kisses (hey I am eating cookies).  Love you all…Enjoy!
Saint Arnold  , Houston, Texas
Ideal Sugar Cookies
by Martha Stewart
from The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook
2 cups all -purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (1stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp brandy or milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder in a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar; add dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated. With mixer running add egg, brandy or milk, and vanilla- mix until incorporated.
Trasfer dough to a work surface and shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap and refirgerate for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to lined baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly brown, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.


  1. says

    My brother who lives in Houston and has decided to be a Texan for life would adore those sugar cookies. What fun!! Hope you had a great Christmas and will have a wonderful 2011

  2. says

    Now that I live in Austin…I have to get one of those cookie cutters. How adorable! And how much fun would this be to give to be my friends and family.Thank you for sharing all that you do. I hope this week is full of blessings, joy, hope and love!

  3. says

    Cookies and beer for Santa….hmm…are you thinking he’ll stick around a little longer than usual? I think other kiddies might be a tad upset with you. LOL

    I can’t believe tomorrow is Christmas…and most of my list did not get taken care of…oh well, ‘Que Sara, Sara’.

    Thanks for passing by and I also wish you the best that Holidays can offer as well as wishing you a great year ahead.

    Ciao for now,

  4. says

    Too cute, Bonnie! I need to make these for sure:-) We celebrate Chranukkah (Christmas & Hanukkah), so I don’t know if Santa would recognize such a thing. I’m sure my Cauldron Boy would eat every last crumb though…no worries about that!
    p.s. I bought some beer for this weekend too. Oh, and I’m going to tell C.B. about this beer. His Dad lives in Dallas and is named Arnold-nice.
    p.s.s. Hope you liked the crust. It’s kind of one of those vegan, really healthful recipes. Some people love that and some don’t (smile again)…
    XO & Happy Holidays, Bonnie.

  5. says

    Ah! I totally should have used that texas cookie cutter that you sent me for my sugar cookies! My family would have been so surprised!

    These look great! Good luck with all of your preparations and happy holidays!

  6. says

    Oh, you are too cute. You’re right, Santa will totally give a hearty chuckle every time he comes by Texas and remembers the nice lady who baked him a neat cookie and offered him a grown-up drink ’cause milk can make a guy drowsy, doncha know ;] I like the wee Texan hearts—happy holidays!

  7. says

    beautiful cookies from a wonderful state, and your house of course, Santa is in for a surprise and a nice refill with the Texas brew…. hope he comes this way first…… best wishes for a fabulous day, wish I was there to help with the tamales, I know I would eat more than I made….


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