December 28, 2013

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar Cookies

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By Published: 2013-12-28
This year for Christmas we made our first real sugar cookies, my daughter and I.  These Christmas Sugar Cookies were not perfect looking by any means, but looked adorable and tasted really great (not too sweet, just right!).  And most importantly, my little girl had a blast "helping mommy" with the all important task of painting the cookies.   These christmas sugar cookies are a great food project to do with kids because, as I discovered, they will look great no matter how they are painted!

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Our cookie jar is now full of lovely painted cookies to the delight of all the family.  Everyone has been steadily dipping their hands into the cookies jar.  And of course we left some cookies for dear old Santa.

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Here's my girl painting away.  The great thing that I discovered with this icing is that it is just like paint!  Which I know how to use!  My previous attempts at cookie icing usually ended up a big mess.  But with this icing you just add milk to adjust the thickness and away you paint...  It's seriously fun!

We made five colors for the icing: blue, pink, yellow, green and white.  I ended up using my nice painting brushes (nervously!) because we didn't have any other small brushes in the house.  But the icing washed out just fine, though next time I would definitely get some cheap icing paint brushes to use for cookies painting.  It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun.  And my little girl's satisfaction was something to see!

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christmas sugar cookies, sugar cookies, rolled cookies, icing, recipe

Above are two bunny Christmas sugar cookies as painted by my little girl.  They are mommy and daughter bunnies!  It's really a great Christmas project to do with kids.  Bright colors, sweet treats, painting, cute animals and shapes, what more could a kid ask for?!  Hope you enjoy making these delicious sugar cookies as much as we did.  Merry Christmas!

Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe
(original recipe here)


Ingredients 

1 1/2 cup butter, softened (340g)
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Directions:
Cream softened butter and sugar til smooth.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  In separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder and salt until well mixed.  Pour into butter/sugar and stir until just incorporated.  Cover and chill at least 1 hour and preferable overnight.

Preheat oven to 400F or 200C.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on working surface and roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness.  Use cookies cutter to cut out shapes and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges just turning golden.  Cool completely before icing.

Christmas Sugar Cookies Icing Recipe
(original recipe here)


Ingredients 
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
1/4 tsp almond, or vanilla, or lemon extract
food coloring

Directions:
Measure out the milk to a bowl.  Add the sugar in 1/4 cup amounts, stirring well each time until glossy and smooth.  Add corn syrup and extract and stir until smooth and glossy.  If too thick add more milk, 1/2 tsp at a time.  If too thin add more powdered sugar.  

Divide into bowls and mix one or two drops of food coloring in to create colored icing.  You can dip the cookies into the icing or paint on the cookies with a paintbrush.

Thinner icing is good for painting or dipping the cookies with a base coat.  Slightly thicker icing to good for painting details on top of the icing.  You should allow the base coat to dry completely first before adding details.  This will take about 20 minutes or so.  Once you finish painting let the icing dry completely before stacking.  Happy Painting Cookie Day!

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