One of my favorites memories during Thanksgiving is taking our annual trip to Lititz, PA for a chocolate shopping spree at Wilbur! My Grandpa would always put together a few giant trays of assorted chocolate for Christmas...malted milk balls, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate peanut butter truffles...the list goes on. Although my Grandpa was a dentist, he had the biggest sweet tooth there was! As he put the candy on the trays, half of it went in his mouth!
I also remember a hilarious memory of Grandpa from a few Christmases ago. He had previously given everyone in the family a little glass cross. He said to keep the cross in your pocket everyday, and God will be there with you. As we finished opening presents, Grandpa said, "Ok, who has your cross? I have $5 for you if you have it!" We all thought he was kidding until he pulled out a giant stack of $5 bills! He had made my Grandma go to the bank and get some fives for him :)
Even though my Grandpa passed away on September 25th of this year, we will remember all of his wit and humor and will cherish all of the memories we had with him.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes + decorating time
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Yield: approx. 14 dozen cookies
- Cookie shooter (like this one)
- 2 cups butter (4 sticks), softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Sprinkles and colored sugar (optional) for decorating
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla. Add to the butter mixture and beat well.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add to the butter in small amounts and mix until all is combined.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Fill a cookie press with dough and place the disk of your choice on the press. (Each press is slightly different, so make sure you read the directions!) Moving quickly, add the dough to a cold, ungreased cookie sheet.
- Decorate the cookies before you bake! Bake each tray for 11 minutes until very lightly golden on the edges. You don't want to overbake! Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Enjoy!
Source: Pat Kleine (neighbors of my Grandma--these are her favorites!!)