Have you always dreamed about baking Christmas cookies like a 50’s housewife? I have dreamed about doing many things like these amazing women of the past. But I admit I have never come close to the perfection I have seen in photographs and on television. Even if the food comes out delicious, I never look like they do during the process,

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Women Baking Christmas Cookies in the 50s

Something happens to women at this time of year. Do you feel it yet?  Have you already felt yourself tempted to call off work for important things like decorating, cleaning, shopping or baking Christmas cookies. Something about this time of year seems to draw a straight line from the heart to the head when it comes to nesting and nurturing. Even if it is something we are not good at, it all seems to go on our to do list. And for me, that’s my fun to do list!

Last week we watched A Christmas Carol with Jim Carey. It was perfect, we even had home-made sugar cookies with little Christmas Tree’s next to our freshly decorated tree.

Truth… They were Pillsbury slice and bake, except we didn’t even have to slice, they were pull apart. We all got to be together and they were gone quick.  We will still bake real home-made Christmas cookies this year. When we were first married almost 21 years ago, my mother in law gave us a book called Joy of Cooking, and the go to recipe each year is for:


Rich Roll Cookies
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cream: 1 cup butter, 2/3 cup sugar.
  • Beat in: 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Combine and add: 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
  • Chill dough 3 to 4 hours before rolling.

Not everyone has the time to bake like a 1950’s housewife, but here is a guide to some of the vintage things you might need or want to do the best you can and make memories in the process, which is the real desire behind it all.

Of course you need an apron to protect your lovely, sensible dress.

A sturdy rolling pin, a flour sifter, cookie cutters, cookie press and baking sheet are all a must.

Don’t forget extra sprinkles and decorating tips.

And in case you only get as far as the grocery store for already baked cookies, remember presentation is everything. You can put the premade cookies on a vintage cookie tray or in a beautiful Christmas tin from the past.

A 50’s housewife always gets it done, one way or the other.

And may I add? A glass of wine, You deserve it and your 50’s husband is probably on his 2nd scotch already anyway.

Bake like a 1950's Housewife
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What are your favorite or must bake Christmas cookies each year?

We always make rich roll sugar cookies, ginger snaps (Robert E. Lee’s family recipe), snowballs and peanut butter blossoms. We have tried other recipes over the years but these are the must have’s for our family.

Sugar Cookie tips:

When we make sugar cookies, one of the things I learned early on was to try to roll the dough as even a thickness as possible.
Also, it’s important to let the dough chill completely.
And don’t be afraid to flour your surface and your rolling-pin, otherwise you will end up eating more dough than cookie.
I still enjoy them more when someone else bakes them and cleans. But, part of the experience I look forward to is getting all of the cookie cutters out. Two of the cutters I love the most are my grandma’s. One cutter is a tree and the other a bell. They remind me of my childhood. And they don’t break easily like some of the trickier ones like snowflakes.
Here are 2 additional vintage books for Christmas baking and cooking:
Baking Christmas Cookies vintage cookbook
The Christmas Cookie Book
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Vintage 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook



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