Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas time is the time for cookies and if you disagree then stop disagreeing and start agreeing. I love cookies - come to think of it, I love sweets in general. But today I'm going to share with you my sugar cookie recipe, plus a little extra. (The little extra is frosting, of course!) I think sugar cookies are the perfect all-year-round cookie. You can decorate them according to the season, and there are so many different cookie-cutter shapes to choose from! So, without further ado...

The Cookies

The ingredients you'll need are:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter OR margarine
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Now, time to bake some cookies!

Stir together your flour, baking powder, and salt, then set those dry ingredients aside. Beat the butter and shortening ALONE for 30 seconds, then add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat well. Slowly add the mixed dry ingredients and beat until well combined. Cover your dough and chill for at least 3 hours.

Do a dance while you wait for your cookie dough to chill.

When your cookie dough is ready, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle your counter top with flour and roll your dough to your desired thickness. Cut your dough however you'd like, then place your cuts on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for approximately 8 minutes or until done.

The Frosting

*Note: don't make the frosting while you are waiting for the cookie dough to chill. Though it won't harden, it will get crusty.

Personally, I prefer frosting over icing on my sugar cookies. So here is a deliciously sugary frosting recipe, perfect on sugar cookies!

You will need:

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring (if desired)

Mix the sugar and the shortening. Add the milk and then the vanilla. Cream until the mixture is stiff and smooth. Add food coloring if desired. Now FROST! (And sprinkle, if you'd like.)

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I wish you many merry nights stuffing your face full of sugar cookies.

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