Christmas Sugar Cookies
It's always fun to collect new recipes for easy homemade cookies, add our Grandmother's Christmas Sugar Cookies recipe to your collection. There are so many great holiday cookie recipes that we love making around Christmas time, but these recipes don't have to be reserved only for Christmas, in fact, you can make them any time of the year. This soft sugar cookies recipe can be used to make cookies for all occasions, or just for fun. For example, you can easily change up the shapes of the cookie cutters you are using to suit the occasion. For Valentine's day you could use pretty heart shaped cookie cutters, for Easter you could use an egg shape and decorate it with pastel coloured icing, and for Halloween you could use a pumpkin or a ghost cookie cutter shape. Cookies like these are also great to make for birthday parties, and the kids can decorate their own individual cookies. The options are endless but the taste is timeless, enjoy this classic sugar cookie recipe.
It's never too early to start planning your Christmas cookies, especially with all the wonderful cookie cutters to choose from. With so many cookie cutters to choose from, you can get a head start and start ordering some of the cookie cutter designs you like. Sugar holiday cookie recipes are a great activity to do with the kids, and a good holiday tradition you might start. Sugar holiday cookie recipes also make a nice gift idea that you can give to teachers, friends and family. You might want to practice a batch or two of this easy homemade cookie recipe, so you are confident when it comes to Christmas. Shortbread holiday cookie recipes also make good cookie choices for holiday cookie swaps. For the full step by step holiday cookie recipe, you will want to take a look at the Grandmothers Kitchen site.
When making this classic holiday cookie recipe, you will want to use quality ingredients. It is important to use real butter at room temperature, quality eggs at room temperature and pure vanilla extract. Sugar cookies especially benefit from the use of pure vanilla extract due to the light flavor of the cookie. You get what you pay for, as pure vanilla has much more depth of flavor. By using quality pure vanilla and real butter you will make sugar cookies that won't soon be forgotten.
To start you want to whip the room temperature butter in your stand mixer or handheld mixer until it is creamy. Then you can add the sugar until the butter is lighter in color. Once the sugar holiday cookie recipe is incorporated together, you can scrape the cookie dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and then refrigerate until the cookie dough is firm enough to roll, which will take about two hours. You can also refrigerate the sugar cookie dough overnight and bake the next day. You want to be sure and no over stir the sugar holiday cookie recipe, the cookie dough should still be crumbly. You can then roll the cookie dough to about 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Using cookie cutters cut out your sugar cookie shapes and place on a lined baking sheet. You can put the sugar cookies back into the fridge to cool for 15 to 20 minutes. This will help the sugar cookies to retain their shape when baked, and not spread out when baking.
Once the easy homemade cookies are baked, you can let them cool. This is where the fun begins, and you can start decorating the sugar cookies with the desired colors and cake decorating candy. The trick to making the icing is to get the right consistency. You can use different icing consistencies depending on how you want to decorate the sugar cookies, and this is done with the amount of liquid that is added. To flood the sugar cookies, you will want the icing to between 14 to 16 seconds to smooth itself out once a spoonful of icing is dropped back into the bowl. To flood the sugar cookies start by outlining the cookie and filling it in, much like you would do if you were coloring a picture with crayons. You can add the cake decorating candy when the icing is still wet. To help the icing set you want to keep the cookies cool and away from any heat or moisture. **
Makes 24-30 cookies
This is a printable recipe.
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more as needed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons lemon juice, plus more as needed
Decoration: cake decorating candy
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
Place the butter in a mixing bowl and use an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. With the mixer running, gradually add the sugar and mix until the butter is lighter in color, about 1 minute total.
Whisk together the egg and vanilla in a small bowl. Return the mixer to medium speed, add the egg mixture, and mix until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle. Turn the mixer to low speed, gradually add the flour mixture, and mix until just incorporated, about 1 minute total.
Scrape the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, about 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Have ready large baking sheets.
Flour a work surface and a rolling pin. Unwrap the dough and set the plastic wrap aside. Place the dough disk on the work surface and lightly dust both sides with flour. Roll out the dough then use the desired cookie cutters to cut out the. Using a flat spatula, transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least a 1/2 inch of space between them.
Bake 10 minutes or until just golden.
Remove from the oven and let the cookies sit on the sheets for about 1 minute. Using the flat spatula, remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Combine ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed, stopping to scrape down the bowl, until glossy and stiff, about 5 minutes. Add additional lemon juice until the frosting is the desired consistency. Use food coloring for desired color.
Fill a piping bag or a resealable plastic bag with one corner snipped off and use to decorate cookies.
Nutrition Facts for: Christmas Sugar Cookies From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: All purpose flour, baking powder, salt, butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, confectioners' sugar, lemon juice.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 24 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 266, Calories from Fat 108, Total Fat 12.0g 18%, Saturated, Fat 7.4g 37%, Cholesterol 44mg 15%, Sodium 114mg 5%, Potassium 60mg 2%, Carbohydrates 38.5g 13%, Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%, Sugars 28.1g, Protein 2.2g, Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 2%, Iron 4%
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