Merry Christmas Eve!!
To celebrate I wanted to share my go-to sugar cookies. The name is this recipe is literally “The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies” so I’m not bragging when I say – in my experience – they really are!
As we all know, making and decorating sugar cookies is an experience! If you’re like me – the next couple days are packed full of family, church and fun. BUT if you happen to have an afternoon free today or tomorrow… making Christmas sugar cookies is the perfect thing to top off your celebrating! Don’t worry about making these babies look perfect – grab your husband or your friends or your kids (or yourself!!) and have some fun! :)
Also – my 12th and LAST day of Christmas cookies won’t be tomorrow… my baking upon baking caught up with me and I still have some wrapping to do before the big day! Please look forward to Chocolate Caramel Cookies with Sea Salt in the upcoming week… perfect for your New Year’s Celebration!
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks), softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. Ice with your favorite icing or the one below.
Sugar Cookie Icing
- 2 C. powdered sugar
- 1 T. + 1 t. milk
- 1 T. + 1 t. 4 light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- assorted food coloring
- various decorations – nonpareils, colored sugar, red hots, etc
- In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth.
- Whisk or beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup or milk. If too thin, add more powdered sugar. (I always end up adding more powdered sugar and/or milk… it’s a bad habit of indecisiveness – ha!)
- Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Pipe frosting on, dip cookies, or paint them with a brush. You could also pipe the outline on, then make a thinner frosting and flood them if desired. (This is the fancy schmancy type decorating – there is a GREAT tutorial here.)
I sincerely hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas. I pray this will be a time that leads you to worship Jesus – the baby who came in a manger, fully man and fully God who grew up to ultimately die on the cross for our sins and was victoriously raised from the dead, conquering sin, satan and death. Praise the Lord!