I am well aware that Thanksgiving has not happened yet, but every year the month of December and “Christmas Season” seems all to short. Yesterday, while out shopping at Target, I definitely got hit with the Christmas bug. Between all of the Santas and Candy Canes in Whole Foods prior, to the wrapping paper and Christmas displays in Target, I could have sworn it was already December.
While I did hold of on buying wrapping paper, ornaments, and stocking stuffers, I did come across the cut out cookie display which caused me to do a quick google for a sugar cookie recipe, and buy all the necessary items.
So we may or may not be eating iced Christmas cookies at thanksgiving… but by the time the actual meal of Turkey and all the fixings is done, I think it’s a good time to sneak Christmas in.
So I ended up making a super simple recipe that was easy to work with and came out delicious! I need to work on my decorating skills and presentation… but it’s only November, I have time.
Target had the cutest mini rolling pin for $5.99. It was perfect for this project and a great alternative to buying an expensive one. The shapes were inexpensive too, only 79 to 99 cents depending on the size. Using powdered sugar instead of flour is key when rolling them out. It adds a little sweetness to the cookie without drying them out.
I was able to fill up two large cookie sheets! At first it didn’t look like a lot of dough, but I rolled them pretty thing and a little went a long way.
The cookies were then cooked to a light golden brown color… some darker than others. I must admit that my rolling skills weren’t very good. I think that’s where the expensive full size rolling pin would have come in handy.
Decorating was the best part. In the future, I need to buy actual decorating instruments, but for now a spoon and some sprinkles worked just fine for what I was going for.
It looks like a three year old did most of these… but in reality it was a 23 and 27 year old.
Also found this gem of a tree coat in Target. Coco was not impressed.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon milk
- Powdered sugar, for rolling
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Place butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer and beat until light in color. Add the egg and milk to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until combined. The batter will look crumbly, but it is stickily. Form a ball and put it in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Take half of the dough out and leave the other half in the fridge to stay cool since it is hard to work with the entire ball. Cover a surface with powdered sugar, and roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes and place on a cookie sheet. If the doughs starts to get warm you can put a chilled ban over the dough, or I just used a spatula to assist taking them off the counter. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes (or longer depending on the size of your shapes) until the edges begin to turn brown, rotating the cookie sheet half way through. Allow to cool on the sheet for a few minutes before moving to an actual cooling rack.
Icing for Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 4 teaspoons milk
- 4 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Food coloring
Combine all ingredients with an electric mixer until it is glossy and smooth. You want it to be almost a tooth paste consistency, so play with the milk and confectioners’ sugar until that is reached. Divide the icing into bowls and add food coloring.
Another option is to make the icing super thick and pipe an edge around the cookie. Then create a more runny icing and “flood” the inside. I went for the tooth paste consistency and using the back of a spoon to spread it around the cookie. Patience is key, and less is more. There are plenty of other techniques and tools out there to help, but this is a good basic recipe to start with.
Decorate your cookies with the icing and add sprinkles or whatever you want as needed!