Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Cut-out Sugar Cookies


12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 4

Sugar cookies are a holiday classic.  I used to make these cookies as a kid to leave out for Santa.  They are buttery and soft and will even put a Grinch in the holiday spirit!  Today I only made Christmas trees because they are the easiest to decorate.  I little bit of green royal icing and some sprinkles is all you need for these and they turn out very pretty.  

I brought these into work and everyone loved them!  Nothing better then a sugar cookie for breakfast.  Whoops...

Happy Holidays!

Cut Out Sugar Cookies - Recipe from Love Grows Wild
Yield - Depends on the size of your cookie cutters
1 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
1¼ Cup Sugar
1 Egg
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
3 Cups Flour
1½ Teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt
colored sugars for decorating

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 
  2. Add in egg, vanilla extract, and mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Make sure to spoon the flour into your measuring cup and level it off with a knife to ensure accurate measurements. 
  4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
  5. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment or wax paper and place on a baking sheet in the refrigerator. Chill for about 20-30 minutes.
  6. Cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to a baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugars.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to a baking rack to cool completely. 
  8. Store in an airtight container.
  9. Enjoy!!