Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas is all about Christmas Baking. How many of you have great memories of buttery shortbread, mince tarts, Christmas cake, or gingerbread men cookies? 

It takes time to bake but think of all the joy and memories you create with your efforts. 

Here is a simple recipe to get you started.

A picture of Christmas Sugar Cookies Cooling on a Cookie Rack
Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookies

...just like Grandma's 

Makes 2 dozen

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk

2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 tablespoons milk
Sprinkles (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in one bowl. In a separate large bowl cream butter with a mix master. Add in sugar, egg, vanilla and milk. Beat until smooth and creamy. Stir in flour mixture. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

Place dough on lightly floured surface and roll to 1/8th inch thickness. Lightly dust rolling pin to avoid sticking. Cut dough out with cookie cutters. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 6 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned around edges.

For Icing: In a medium bowl, combine icing sugar, vanilla and enough milk to make a spreading consistency. When cookies are cool thinly spread icing on top and decorate with sprinkles if using.

Other Christmas Baking To Try:

Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread Cookies 

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