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December 3: Christmas Cookies



cookie.jpgOne of my favorite holiday activities is making Christmas Cookies. Mom would make them when we were younger, then I took over and have made them ever since. Back when I had more time on my hands, I would make them for every holiday or conceivable occasion. As a result, I have amassed a huge collection of cookie cutters.

The secret to great iced cookies is finding the perfect dough recipe. Regular sugar cookies are designed to be sprinkled with sugar, so when you pile on the icing they become overly sweet. My personal dough recipe started with a simple recipe in a children’s cookbook, and I’ve adapted it over the years to become the perfect cookie. I can’t take credit for the icing - it is my Granny Stuever’s recipe. She was a cake decorating expert back in the day, and this was the recipe she used.

Christmas Cookies
Step 1: Make the Dough

ingredients
4 C flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 sticks butter
2/3 C shortening
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbs milk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

Stir together flour, baking powder & salt. Set aside.
Beat butter & shortening for 30 seconds. Add sugar & beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk & vanilla - beat well. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Cover and chill for 3 hours

This makes a gazillion cookies, but you can cut the recipe in half if you’d like.

Step 2: Bake Cookies
Roll dough in batches on floured surface until 1/4″ thick and cut shapes with cookie cutters. Bake at 375ยบ for 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Step 3: Make Icing & Decorate

ingredients
2 lbs powdered sugar
1 C shortening
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond

Beat shortening, add sugar & milk. Add extracts. Beat 10 minutes. Let set.

Color icing and decorate. This is fun! Mason & I made Halloween cookies. Someone really likes the icing. Check it out…

I’ve decided that cookies are just too good to not be shared all of the time, so for those of you who were late to our 24 Days of SWAK party, I’m leaving this little goody online for you. Enjoy!

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One Response to “December 3: Christmas Cookies”

  1. Catherine C. Says:

    Thanks for sharing.