The butter cookie recipe we used was handed down to June by her grandparents, Granpda and Nanna Syska. Her grandpa had typed it out for her years earlier and included adorable instructions to beat the sugar and butter until "light and fluffy, like Nanna Syska" and a warning to let the cookies cool after removing from the oven "or you will burn your tongue." It was so cute that I had to take a picture of it - see below for front and back.
Here are some pictures of the sugar cookie making process. Beginning to beat the butter, egg yolk and sugar until light and fluffy (like Nanna Syska).
Chelsea using the press to make the first cookie. June is in the background, hard at work on the cinammon cookies.
Clover-shaped cookies taking a little rest on the sheet before baking.
Cooling the cooked and decorated cookies well before eating to prevent any burning of the tongue, per Grandpa Syska's thoughtful instructions.
May all your holiday baking be as fun as this was!