Cut-out Christmas Sugar Cookies are some of my favorite cookies not only to make but sneaking one in with a cup of tea is pure heaven.
Although they may look sweet, they really aren’t too sweet. Well, kinda sorta.
They make great little gifts to children and adults enjoy them too.
To make the cookies, make the dough and cut out the shapes you want. I like using impression cutters so decorating is more like coloring.
Rolled Out Christmas Sugar Cookies
- 8 ounces soft butter (or 2 sticks, or 1 cup)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 – 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Cream the butter and the sugar, add the eggs one at a time, add the vanilla and mix to combine.
Measure and mix the flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl.
Scrape the bottom of the bowl; add the flour 1 cup at a time, until it all comes together.
Separate the dough into 2 balls. Cover 1 and roll out the other.
Lightly flour the counter and rolling-pin. Roll out to 1/4 inch thick or the thickness you desire. Just don’t make them too thin or else they will be very hard to decorate.
Cut out the desired shapes and place them on a parchment lines baking sheet.
Bake in a pre-heated 400°F oven for 6-8 minutes. The bottom of the cookies should be golden brown and the top will be pale when they are done.
Cool completely before frosting.
Butter Cream Frosting for Decorating Cookies
- 1 cup Crisco or vegetable shortening’
- 1 cup butter (or 8 ounces or 2 sticks)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups 10x confectioners sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
Whip the Crisco and butter together, add vanilla and salt.
Add the 10x sugar a little at a time, moistening with milk as needed.
Color with food coloring and use piping bags to create your own designs, outlines, fill ins etc.
Make them as detailed as you want. Personally, I like making these things come to life and do details with all kinds of decorating sugars and piping tips.
I bought a Wilton box of 18 gel food colors and decided to make a bit of every color. I also bought a roll of disposable piping bags and some tips for each bag. There were a lot of bags and colors which makes coloring with frosting in piping bags quite fun.
Take a clean rimmed sheet pan, line it with parchment. Choose 4-5 cookies to decorate and lay them on your sheet pan. With the coloring bags and decorative sugars laid out in front of you, pick and choose and start decorating.
Eat your mistakes.
Get friends, family and kids involved. It really is quite fun!
Each gift box will get at least one of these. They make great additions to cookie platters and kids love them.
Actually, I do too. I make them every year and love giving them away.
Turn on some Christmas music, whip up some frosting and decorate to your heart’s content.
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