The internet is a wonderful thing — at least, some of the time — but sometimes sifting through the mass of available information seems overwhelming. Run a search for Christmas cookie recipes and you will get an avalanche of hits that leaves you no method, aside from random chance, to pick which website to review. They all promise to offer favorite recipes that people will love.
That’s where the use of finer search terms become necessary. I realized this when I happened across a website post that featured the best soft Christmas cookie recipes — just in case you’re baking for the toothless among us who must gum their holiday delicacies. So this year I did a search for Christmas cookie recipes from the 1960s and ran across a treasure trove of options, including this gem, which is described on yellowed print as “Easy-to-make cookies for those who like a not-too-sweet dessert” that are “good keepers and shippers.” I’m pretty sure Mom made these, by the way.
Ingredients: 1 cup soft butter; 1/2 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar; 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; 2 1/2 cups unsifted flour; 1/4 teaspoon salt; red and yellow food coloring
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until light. Stir in flour and salt until well blended, then divide dough in half.
Color one half with 1/4 teaspoon of red food coloring and 7 drops of yellow food coloring. Leave other half uncolored. Chill the dough.
Press together one level teaspoon of each color. Roll into a pencil shape, then form in a coil on the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees.