Christmas Sugar Cookies


Soft cut out Sugar cookie recipe that I have used for years. This is an easy sugar cookie recipe, an old-fashioned favorite that never goes out of style.


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Whether you're craving something soft and chewy with a sprinkle of sugar or a treat that's crisp and topped with colorful icing, these sugar cookie recipes are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.



How to Make the Best Christmas Sugar Cookies

Important tips * Order is important for success for the best sugar cookies
  • Start by mixing the dry ingredients in a bowl that you then set aside for later *. 
  • In your stand mixer bowl, you mix up the wet ingredients starting with butter and sugar. Then add in eggs (one at a time) *and other flavorings like vanilla extract, and only then*, do you add in your dry ingredients. 
  • Add milk a little at a time until the dough stays together.
  • Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour *or more. (no less than one hour)
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. 


Place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet or ungreased cookie sheets.




Bake cookies in a preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, or light brown. Cookies may look undone but they continue to bake on the baking sheet while it cools down. Remove cookies to wire baking rack.


Decorating Cookies
  • Royal Icing: In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  • Colored Sugar: 1/2 cup granulated sugar + 5 drops of food coloring, place sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Add 5 drops of desired food colors. Add more food color, a drop or two at a time, if more intense color is desired. Seal bag and knead gently until color is evenly distributed. Spread in a thin layer on the baking sheet and break up any large lumps. Allow the sugar to dry thoroughly, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sift or press through a sieve to return sugar to its original texture, if needed. Set aside.



Storing Cookies
Decorated cookies hold well in an airtight container for up to one week. Making sure the sugar cookie is completely cool and the royal icing is thoroughly set is absolutely vital to storing cookies this way.

Freezing baked undecorated sugar cookies: The last thing you want is for your cookies to stick together! Arrange cookies in a single layer, adding a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper between layers.
Place in an airtight container, or freezer bags. Cookies are good for up to 3 months. Make sure cookies are cool before placing them in a container or bag, condensation will form and cause sogginess.

Drop a comment below! Let me know how your cookies came out!


Christmas Sugar Cookies


Soft cut out Sugar cookie recipe that I have used for years. This is an easy sugar cookie recipe, an old-fashioned favorite that never goes out of style.

Ingredients:
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, stirred
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 sticks (2 cups) salted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • assorted food coloring, sprinkles
Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl combine flour baking soda, baking powder, salt, and whisk thoroughly, set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs (one at a time)and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients. Add milk a little at a time until the dough stays together.
  3. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet or ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Royal Icing
  6. In a small bowl, stir together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.

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