We need to talk about Clark Griswold. Not just because his personality is strikingly similar to my own dad's, but because "Christmas Vacation" is quite possibly the best holiday movie ever made and it definitely deserves to be on a cookie. I don't think any other movie quite captures the boisterousness and hilarity of a big family around the holidays. Every Christmas Eve my family eats dinner on the couch (a really big deal) and we all watch Clark. The entire family has the screenplay memorized, and we all love repeating our favorite quotes aloud. So, when I saw these cookies I knew I just HAD to make them but with my own Clark Griswold spin.
I didn't change anything from the recipe above except bake them hotter (375 degrees) and longer than the recipe stated. I originally baked them for 5 minutes as stated but the consistency reminded me too much of play-dough and I wanted them crisper. I also added extra almond flavoring because it's my very favorite.
I used a 3-inch biscuit cutter for the large circles and a 1.5-inch circle cutter for the smaller circles. You could always use a glass or jar lid as well. I really only used the small circles to make use of the awkward pieces of dough not big enough for a large circle.
For stamping I used this kit purely because it was the cheapest I could find and it worked great! Super time intensive work but it was really fun. I did all my family's favorite quotes (my brother loves the washing machine one, my mom loves the newel post line). I do recommend stamping them pretty quickly after you roll out the dough, especially if you live in a dry climate like me.
So there you have it! The most inappropriate Christmas cookies ever! Now I gotta go fix that newel post...