Holiday Getaways in Illinois Near Starved Rock State Park

There is nothing quite like the warmth and cheer of the holiday season, so make this year’s truly unforgettable with a holiday getaway in Illinois to Kishauwau Cabins near Starved Rock State Park. Get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and embrace Christmas tradition with delicious homemade cookies everyone in the family will enjoy, especially the kids! Find a cozy home away from home surrounded by those you love with falling snow just outside the window.

fireplace at Grandma's Cabin

Make Your Own Memories at Grandma’s Cabin

This holiday season, take a break from the busy holiday season with a family retreat at our most expansive accommodation, Grandma’s Cabin! Ideal for holiday getaways in Illinois, you and your family can escape the city with a peaceful retreat in beautiful surroundings and all the comforts of home. The cabin is easily our largest and accommodates up to 14 people! There’s plenty of room for everyone in the family with lots of open space for activities and games. You can even make these delicious sugar cookies in the cabin and give everyone a scrumptious holiday treat they can enjoy by the warmth of the fire. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season, bring everyone together, and make memories to last a lifetime.
a batch of Christmas cookies at our Illinois cabins

Mom’s Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • ½ Cup Butter
  • ½ Cup Shortening
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 ½ Cups Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
a family making cookies on a holiday getaway in Illinois

How to Bake

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425. In a small bowl, combine butter, shortening, and sugar, mix until fluffy. Add eggs and mix well. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, add wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Separate into two large rounds of dough, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least three hours.

Step 2

Remove from refrigerator and let the dough rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Step 3

Roll out dough on a well-floured surface to between ⅛ – ¼ thickness. Cut out fun shapes in the dough with your favorite Christmas cookies cutters.

Step 4

Bake in the now preheated 425 oven for six minutes. Watch them closely and do not let them brown or they will be overdone and not the soft and chewy consistency we are looking for!

Step 5

Frost with your favorite icing (we recommend making it yourself for the best flavor) and remember to give each cookie a nice hearty layer on top for proper Christmas cookies. Decorate as you wish and enjoy. These wonderful sugar cookies are delightfully sweet and make a wonderful accompaniment to a nice tall glass of milk. Don’t forget to leave a plate out for Santa!


Book Now