The 2nd best thing about Christmas would have to be egg nogs and Christmas cookies. The 1st being time to spend with family and friends!
Christmas cookies are a longheld tradition with roots tracing back to recipes from Medieval Europe for Christmas biscuits which included cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, almonds and dried fruit. Do you bake these festive cookies for Santa? It’s ok if you bake them for yourself, but if you’re going to a Christmas party this year be sure to bake a batch to share!
Bake a batch of these festive and fun Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookies!
First you will need a few tools!
1. Farberware Bakeware, 3-piece cookie pan set will ensure your cookies cook evenly and don’t stick to the bottom of the pan! – Buy it now price is $24. Win it for less on an upcoming auction at DealDash.com.
2. Cuisinart 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Stainless Steel. Buy it Now price: $42 on DealDash or win it for less in upcoming penny auction.
3. Cookie Cutters – The ones I found look just like sweaters!
4. A Rolling pin – you’ll want to ensure the cookie dough is even before you cut it.
5. Your favorite sugar cookie recipe & icing. Here’s a basic and easy one that with a little work and care should take 2 hours to make 32 cookies!
Basic Sugar Cookies
-Recipe from MarthaStewart.com
Sugar cookies are a buttery classic that make a delicious anytime treat. Try this sugar cookie recipe and enjoy your sugar cookies plain, or decorate them with icing to make them festive.
- Total Time:
- Yield: Makes 32
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Assorted candies, sprinkles, or colored sugars, for decorating (optional)
- In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.) Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired.
Sugar Cookie Icing from AllRecipes.com
Original recipe makes 1 dozen cookies’ worth
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
assorted food coloring -reds/green!
- PREP15 mins
- READY IN15 mins
- In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
- Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.
You can also use frosting tubes and different shaped tips if you want to get really detailed with your Ugly Sweater Sugar Cookies!
Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe?