Yearly traditions are a big part of our holiday fun. As kids there were certain things that we always looked forward to around the holiday season, and now as adults we have just as much fun watching our families get excited about them.
One our favorite traditions is baking cookies. But not just any cookies—Grandpa Ickstadt’s Butter Cookies.
In the 1940s, after hard times during the Great Depression, our grandfather and grandmother opened a sweet shop together. Lynn Candy Kitchen—named after their children Madeline (our mother!) and Franklin—opened on Bergen Avenue in Jersey City, NJ selling homemade candy and sweets. For eleven years, our grandparents made sweets in the back of their shop, in a space where customers could see the creations coming together.
Of the many things that our grandparents passed on to us, this recipe is one of our favorites. As a master of all things sweet, he perfected what we consider to be the ultimate Christmas cookie, and every year we make sure it’s a part of our holiday baking. It’s a family favorite, both for its delicious taste and for all the great memories that come along with it!
Grandpa Ickstadt’s Butter Cookies
1/2 lb butter (unsalted)
1 lb confectioner’s sugar
3 cups (approx.) all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
Cream butter and sugar. Add salt and eggs, then flour. Mixture will be soft.
Refrigerate for at least an hour, and up to overnight.
Roll out in small batches, keeping remaining dough refrigerated. Remember to work dough soft with fingers before rolling out on a liberally floured surface. Cookies should be fairly thin.
Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
Decorate as desired.
The cookies themselves are quite simple, but of all the holiday sweets we make each year, these are always quick to go. We hope you’ll love them as much as we do!