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Sugar Cookie Recipe from the Kitchen of Holly Bertone

"My Mom and I would listen to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and dance in the kitchen as we made Grandma Charlotte's cookies."
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This holiday season we're featuring the BEST CHRISTMAS RECIPES that have been inherited from the women in our families. Our team over here at Today's Mama is sharing our very favorite, most nostalgic, holiday recipes and we've invited some of our friends across the internet to do the same.

Grandma Charlotte’s Sugar Cookies from the Kitchen of Holly Bertone

My Grandma Charlotte passed at Christmas time when I was a baby. It was hard on my Mom, but we made her sugar cookies every year to honor her memory. My Mom and I would listen to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and dance in the kitchen as we made Grandma Charlotte's cookies. Up until the time that I couldn't eat gluten any more, I made these cookies with my own family.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 39th birthday, in 2010. My boyfriend proposed 2 days later, and we were married 10 days after treatment ended. I went through surgery, chemo, and radiation, and was still sick and bald on our wedding day. Since then, I have dedicated my life to provide inspiration to fellow survivors.

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Grandma Charlotte’s Sugar Cookies


  • 4 cup sifted flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • 1 cup soft butter 
  • ½ tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 ½ cups sugar 
  • 1 egg 
  • ½ cup dairy sour cream 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
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For Overnight:

  1. Sift flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed, beat butter, sugar, and egg until light and fluffy. 
  3. At low speed, beat in sour cream and vanilla until smooth.  
  4. Gradually stir in flour mixture.  
  5. With a rubber scraper, form dough into a ball. 
  6. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate overnight.

Cookie Making Day

  1. Divide dough into 4 parts. Keep each part refrigerated until ready to use. 
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  3. Lightly grease cookie sheets. 
  4. On a well-floured surface, roll dough, one part at a time.
  5. With floured cookie cutter, cut out cookies. 
  6. Sprinkle tops of cookies. Reroll trimmings and repeat. 
  7. Bake 10 minutes or until edges become golden. 
  8. Remove to wire rack and cool.
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Holly Bertone, CNHP, PMP, is a "breast-selling author" of the book Coconut Head's Cancer Survival Guide: My Journey from Diagnosis to "I Do." She is a highly sought-after speaker and wellness expert. After spending over 20 years as a Project Manager in both government and industry, she is now the President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC and runs the health and wellness website Holly is a breast cancer and Hashimoto’s survivor and turned these two significant health challenges into a passion to help others. She inspires others with her quick wit, brutal honesty, and simple ways to be healthy in real life.

Holly is passionate about reaching out to cancer and autoimmune survivors, and also volunteers for organizations supporting our military veterans. In her free time, she loves to garden, and hit flea markets and yard sales. Holly is married to a retired Green Beret, is a stepmother, and lives in Alexandria, VA.

You can follow Holly on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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