Christmas Sugar Cookies

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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.

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

Makes 24-30 cookies

This is a printable recipe.


Cookies:

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

Icing:

4 cups confectioners' sugar

2 large egg whites, lightly beaten

2 Tablespoons lemon juice, plus more as needed

Decoration: cake decorating candy


Directions

Cookies:

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.

Icing:

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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