Lynne Streb Bambrick makes sugar cookies that follows a recipe started by her great-grandmother.
"The recipe was handed down through generations. Every Christmas, since I was a little girl, I would bake these cookies with my mother and grandmother. Now, I am continuing the family tradition by baking with my children and grandchildren," said Streb Bambrick, of Northfield.
If there is a baby shower or a wedding shower, Streb Bambrick will make the sugar cookies, but shape them into bells. They were made into pumpkins for Halloween. It is a versatile recipe, Streb Bambrick said.
Last week, Streb Bambrick planned to stop by the home of one of her daughter's, Alysia Bugdon, of Mays Landing, to make the sugar cookie. Streb Bambrick has another daughter, Rachel Sessions, of Maryland, who could not make it home for Christmas this year because she started a new job. Streb Bambrick keeps making the sugar cookies because she wants to continue the memories that were started by her great-grandmother and her grandmother.
"I bake cookies for the whole family," Streb Bambrick said.
Streb Bambrick submitted her recipe as part of The Press' "12 Days of Cookies" contest. Hers was among those chosen by readers as a favorite.
Ingredients for first part:
•6 cups flour
•1 cup soft butter
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•2 teaspoons baking powder
Mix until crumbly as you would a pie crust
Ingredients for second part:
•1 teaspoon baking soda, dissolved in 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
•2 eggs, beaten
•2 cups sugar
•4 tablespoons water
•1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix well and pour over first part.
Mix together as you would a pie crust.
Work with small portions of dough on a floured surface and keep remaining dough covered with a damp cloth, so the dough won't dry out.
Roll out dough to the thickness you would like your sugar cookies to be and cut out with cookie cutters.
Decorate cookies with cinnamon sugar or colored sugars, or you can put frosting on them after they are baked and cooled.
Lightly grease your cookie sheets with Crisco and place cookies on sheet about 1 inch apart.
Bake in 350-degree oven.
Bake between 8 and 15 minutes depending on the thickness of cookie. Streb rolls her cookies very thin, and it takes about 8 minutes to bake them.
Makes: About 300 cookies