Saturday, December 14, 2013

Holiday Baking Traditions with #GayLeaFoods #Giveaway

I have so many wonderful holiday baking memories. It wasn't until I was older, that Mom actually let me help her with all the tons of baking she did. When I was little, I'd sit and watch her work, fascinated at how easy she made it look. When I moved out on my own, my holiday baking tradition became one of re creating the desserts of my childhood. I went many years not being able to spend Christmas with my family, so my tradition was a way to feel closer to my family. After my children were born, I had wonderful plans for holiday traditions. Baking cookies, while the snow was gently falling outside. My children, prim and proper, not making a single mess, decorating cookies until they looked like works of art. Sounds pleasant, doesn't it?

My wake up call came when Mr.B was two. The cookie dough had been chilled and we were set to roll, cut and decorate our cookies. That's when I almost had a nervous breakdown. My Norman Rockwell vision, turned into lopsided, sprinkle laden cookies, which were cut into undistinguishable shapes. Close to tears in frustration, Hubby pulled me aside and asked me to look at Mr.B and at how much fun he was having. Yes, there was more sprinkle on the floor than the cookies, yes we couldn't tell a tree from an angel, but the pure delight and pride on my son's face made my idea of holiday baking traditions change drastically. It's no longer about the perfect cookies, made by perfect children. It's about giving my children the opportunity to be proud of what they are creating. So yes, a lot of our cookies are lopsided and every inch is covered with sprinkles, but I look at those cookies and I remember the fun, joy and pride my children felt, creating them.

This month, Gay Lea Foods wanted us to talk about our baking traditions. To make things a bit more fun, then sent two chef hats and aprons, perfect for the kiddos. Queenie and Mr.B were so excited about their "Chef" wear, that they wore it pretty much all afternoon, and begged to make cookies. So we did. Or, shall I say they did. That's right! The kids made these cookies from start to finish. The only help they got from me, was to show them how to level off the flour and baking soda. They mixed, measured and zested until the cookies were ready for the oven. Of course Mommy took cake of the hot part. Safety first!

Ready to bake! Bring on the Gay Lea butter and sour cream!

Mixing, mixing, mixing!

Get all that yummy Gay Lea sour cream in there!

Gently roll the balls, they're very squishy, LOL.

Does powdered sugar taste like regular sugar?

Ready for the oven!

Lemon Sour Cream Cookies
Adapted from TastyKitchen.com

1 C Softened Butter
1-½ C Granulated Sugar
1 Egg
¼ C Sour Cream
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
2 tsp Lemon Zest
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
¼ tsp Salt
½ tsp Baking Soda
2-¼ C Flour
2/3 C Powdered Sugar
Yellow Food Colouring (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line cookie trays with parchment paper.

In a large bowl cream together the butter and granulated sugar until soft and light yellow. Add in egg, sour cream, vanilla and lemon extract; mix to combine. Add in the lemon zest and juice and mix to combine.

In a seperate bowl, mix salt and baking soda with the flour. Add to the wet ingredients and mix well. The dough will be thick but still sticky. Add a little yellow food coloring, for a vibrant colour; if desired. 

Take small spoonfuls and placed them in the icing sugar and roll them into balls. Once they are coated with the powdered sugar placed the cookie dough balls on cookie sheets. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes rotating the trays half way through; until edges just begin to brown. Remove immediately to wire racks to cool.

“Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

Great job, guys! Love your story too, Cindy - isn't that how it is. :)

Anonymous said...

That's creating really wonderful memories. P.S. Do not loose those pictures, they are priceless. Wish I could taste those cookies. <3

Magnolius T. said...

I would like like The Leafy Greens Cookbook from Ulysses. I also think the home-made condiments cookbook looked good too. (Maggie)

Glogirl said...

From Ulysses Press I would like to get the Classic Snacks Made from Scratch book.

Carol Gomez said...

I can't get enough of the cuteness of the children in their bakers get-up!
These cookies look delish! I love any dessert with lemon so I must try! Thanks!

Belinda M said...

the only tradition we have is to get together one sat afternoon and exchange baking. this way we all get a bit of something good!@

ksceviour said...

I always make Snowballs,Chocolate chip ,Oatmeal raisin,and shortbread cookies before Christmas :)
(Karla Sceviour)

Angela M said...

My daughter and I make a gingerbread house every year together. We also always have Rice Krispie Squares, butter tarts, shortbread, and lemon squares.

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

My girls and I build a gingerbread house every year as well as make sugar cookies!

Brenda Penton said...

Every year I bake shortbread spritz cookies and gingerbread. I make Christmas themed cheesecakes for my Christmas dinner. Usually gingerbread or candy cane flavoured.

Sw33tKrv3lty said...

i love to bake every christmas! I make tins and give them to friends and family.

Jaimee M

Amirah said...

We love baking during Christmas! The kids and I make cookies, cakes and pies while listening to Christmas tunes...they have so much fun :)

Emilee Bond said...

I'm new to baking so this year will be my first year of baking traditions! I'm so excited though. Thinking with the daughter off of school this next week we will make lots of cookies!! And probably put them in tins and give them to friends for Christmas :)


pamalot said...

I don't have any baking traditions except my baking always has to have our faves or Christmas wouldn't be the same.
pamw h

Rick F said...

I love to make No Bake Chocolate Coconut Macaroons aka Reindeer Turds & Shortbreads.

Jay Tee said...

I make Grand Marnier souffles every year on Christmas Eve.

Natalie T said...

I have a holiday cookie exchange with my cousins.

Rachelle T said...

No traditions, but I hope to start some with my daughter when she's old enough to use a rolling pin. :)

Flo said...

I make shortbreads, peanut butter balls, snowballs and black& white cookies.
Florence C

Flo said...

I make shortbreads, peanut butter balls, snowballs and black&white cookies

Florence c

Andrew Pham (apham17) said...

The only thing I do every year is make shortbread cookies

Juliee said...

We make goody trays and past them out to family and freinds

Anonymous said...

Had a chance to try the cookies, they are so delicious that they will become one of my favorites to make from now on!!!