Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and even though i’m 27 there is still one family tradition that has continued to honored…baking day! Each year we pick one day a few days out before Christmas to do all of our holiday baking..cookies, fudge, gingerbread houses, cheesecakes, peanut brittle..you name it and we probably make some form of it. At first it was my Ohma, mom, brother, and myself..then Ohma passsed away and my brother grew out of wanting to bake and now 15+ years later it is always my mom and I. I look forward to it every year and now i’m passing on my tradition to you with my Christmas giveaway!
For my giveaway you will receive a few things to help jump start a baking day, including a cookie mix, whisk, decorative tray, sprinkles, cookie cutters, and maybe even a surprise or two! Whether…
In a mixing bowl, cream softened butter (or margarine) & sugar together.
Mix in egg & vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients.
Slowly add flour mixture to the mixing bowl a little at a time.
Divide into 2 balls & refrigerate at least one hour.
Use a rolling pin to out one ball on a floured surface & cut with cookie cutters. (Keep the other ball & dough scraps in the fridge between batches because the dough is much easier to work with chilled!)
Bake cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8 -10 minutes.
Let cookies cool for a minute or two on the cookie sheet then move to a cooling rack.
Now that your cookies are cooled, it’s time to decorate! While any canned frosting will do, I make a simple powdered sugar icing for my sugar cookies! All you do is pour powered sugar in a bowl & SLOWLY stir in little amounts or water or milk until you reach the desired consistency. Then use food coloring to dye your frosting whatever color suits your needs. I accidentally burnt the first batch of my cookies (guess I can’t hear that timer from the other room),used large cookie cutters, & might have “sampled” some of the raw cookie dough so let the girls decorate all of the 10 cookies we ended up with lol. I laid out some parchment paper with cooling racks on top, made white & orange frosting, dug out our large sprinkle collection, & let the girls get creative! We ended up with some tasty Halloween sugar cookies, just BOO-tiful!