Gigi’s Sugar Cookies
My grandmother passed away a long time ago, but I can still bring her into my kitchen when I make her sugar cookies. This strong Texas woman was an amazing cook and baker. She used to ask me what I wanted for my birthday and every year my answer was the same…..Sugar Cookies. She made them so light, so crunchy, so sugary, so yum! She would package them in layers of bubble wrap and tissue so they wouldn’t turn into a garnish in the mail. At the end of October, every year, my friends would turn up in my California kitchen asking for one of those cherished morsels. I shared….most of the time.
The recipe isn’t hard, but it’s a tough one to master. I can’t tell you how many times I have made these cookies in the past, only for them to taste “weird”, as my husband (and kiddo’s) would say. Most of the time I would cover up the fact that they tasted weird but coating them with layers of icing. Finally, a couple of years before she passed away she was visiting us and I innocently suggested we make some cookies. Well, that is the day I finally learned her well guarded secret! Yes! Fist pump and lot’s of jumping up and down!!
Now, I have the beautiful tin that housed her cookies and I use it every year around this time to do the same. I usually snap a picture of the tin when I get it out and send it to my kids. I don’t have to ask them what time of year it is…..I also have the little juice glass she used to press out the little balls of dough, it makes a little petal mark on the cookies. Don’t ask me for the secret, cause I’ll never tell. Until one day when my daughter invites me over and innocently asks me to make cookies with her. 🙂