Christmas does not feel like Christmas in our home without homemade Christmas cookies! When I was a little girl I would help my mom bake cookies during the holidays and I have done the same thing with my family for the past twenty or so years. I am not a baker like my mom is, so baking cookies during the holidays is special for our home. My favorite cookie to bake during the holidays or anytime of the year are sugar cookies, followed by chocolate chip cookies, and then peanut butter blossoms. The sugar cookie though brings me right back to my childhood. I vividly remember my mother rolling out the sugar cookie dough, cutting out the shapes, and having my dad, sister, and I decorate the cookies with frosting and sprinkles. My dad always thought it was funny to do weird things with the frosting or the sprinkles and my mom would get so mad! I don’t get much help in the kitchen from my husband or my children but they certainly like to eat the cookies I have baked.
These sugar cookies are not fancy by any stretch of the imagination. There are so many talented bakers and artists out there that make the most perfectly decorated cookies. Some of the cookies I have seen are almost too beautiful to eat! I do not have the patience to create perfectly iced cookies so if you are looking for that, you will not find that here or at my house! What I can give you is a delicious cookie recipe. This sugar cookie recipe produces a cookie that is slightly crunchy on the edges and soft and buttery on the inside, isn’t that the perfect texture for a cookie?! The cookie is then topped with jarred sugary Betty Crocker frosting and fun festive sugars and sprinkles. That is exactly how my mom made them, and that is how I love them! This cookie is not a true Christmas cookie until it is topped with jarred store bought frosting. I have tried making my own icing, but there is something about using exactly what my mom did, that makes these cookies feel special and takes me right back to my childhood.
Before you begin baking your sugar cookies, you will need to have your Christmas cookie cutters and festive sprinkles and sugars ready. The cookie cutters I have were purchased almost 20 years ago and include a Christmas tree, bell, star, reindeer, angel, gingerbread man, and stocking. If you are in need of cookie cutters or want to update what you have, here are a few that would be perfect to cut out your Christmas cookies. This 26 piece cookie cutter kit from Williams-Sonoma has all the cutters you could possibly need, here is a smaller set that has the classic shapes from Williams-Sonoma, or this classic set with rubber gripes from Wilton is adorable especially for those with younger children. Picking out the cookie embellishments is the most exciting part of cookie baking! Each cookie should be different and unique and adding sprinkles or sugar to the tops of your cookies will make them just that. These holiday sprinkles have a variety all in one jar, these sugar crystals look delicious, how cute is this gingerbread sprinkle mix, or how fun are these St. Nick sprinkles.
I highly recommend making your sugar cookie dough from scratch. It tastes and bakes up so much nicer than the ready made dough that you can purchase in the store. These cookies are easy to make and well worth the short amount of time it takes to mix the dough and bake the cookies. This recipe is not just for Christmastime. I use it for Valentine & Halloween sugar cookies as well. Recipe is included below! I would love to know if you try this recipe and love it as much as my family. Do you have a favorite Christmas cookie recipe? Let me know by leaving a comment, I would love to hear from you and which treats your family enjoys during the holidays! Links to products can be found throughout this blog, they are also linked here LiketoKnow.it (using this link provides me a small commission).
Rolled Sugar Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-2 jars white frosting
sprinkles or colored sugars
1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar, butter, milk, vanilla, egg and blend well.
2. Add flour, baking powder, salt and mix well.
3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
4. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
5. On a lightly floured surface roll out 1/3 of the dough at a time to a 1/8″ thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated.)
6. Cut with floured cookie cutter and place about 1″ apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 5-9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.
8. Once cookies are cooled completely, spread frosting on top of cookies and sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles.
Makes about 6 dozen. Enjoy!