Christmas Sugar Cookies & Royal Icing
This has been my favorite thing that we have done so far. Christmas cookies are a great way to promote creativeness and are also a wonderful bonding experience with your kids (or family).
We spent the entire day mixing, rolling, cutting and baking cookies and then spent even more time decorating! Anthony helped with with it all, and I finished cutting, baking and cooling while Anthony napped. When he woke up, I had a whole decorating station ready for him, with a fresh sippy cup of milk!
Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling and cutting
1 tsp baking soda (for those of you at high altitude like me, I used 3/4 tsp)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl, cream butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy – about 5 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Reduce the mixer to low and add flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time.
- Divide the dough mixture in half and flatten into disks.. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour. (At this point you can also freeze the dough for up to three months.)
- Remove disks from fridge and let stand 5 minutes. Add flour to a rolling pin and roll dough to 1/8″ thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut desired shapes and use a floured spatula to transfer to baking sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden. Rotate at 4-5 minutes.
- Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool until ready to decorate!
Royal Icing Recipe
This recipe is wonderful for just plain icing and works great as colored icing in squeeze bottles since it spreads so well.
4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
5 tbsp corn syrup
6 tbsp whole milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
- In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients except food coloring (if using), until smooth.
- Divide icing into bowls and with a fork, whisk in food coloring. Transfer to squirt bottles for easy decoration.
I suggest the gel style food coloring. You only need a little bit and they are cheap and last forever! I love this stuff.
Decorating Tools and Items
- glitter dust (the edible kind)
- squeeze bottles for icing
- shaved chocolate
- 9×13 baking dish (for collecting sprinkles)
- paint brushes
- sparkles (the edible kind)
- mini m&m’s
- coconut flakes
What else do you like to decorate your cookies with?