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Sugar Cookies!

img_4050One of my favorite Christmas traditions is decorating sugar cookies! We made ours last night and invited Cara Stuckel over to decorate with us. The text chain between Cara and me before hand was hilarious – Essentially we have no food in this house… but we have wine and sugar cookies. So me being hostess of the year offered her just that!img_4049

  1. I love our cookie molds! We have a candy cane, star, snowflake, christmas tree, santa, and snow man for the traditional ones.  We also have birds, a Dexter dog, the state of Missouri. It is pretty fun making all of the different shapes!  My favorite cookie cutters on the planet are Ann Clark!  They produce every shape imaginable!img_3007
  2. I pretty much force friends of mine to craft with me whenever possible. If I am carving pumpkins, dying easter eggs or decorating sugar cookies… I am inviting people. One year when I was living in Seattle, I forced my entire family to participate in the cookie decorating. I think they liked it! Lastly, mine are never very pretty or artistic… if you are one of those humans who can make beautiful cookies… more power to you!img_4041
  3. A good recipe is hard to find! Here is the one I have been using for the past two years.  Also, my policy is always add more Vanilla Extract than they require!  (That goes for the frosting too!)img_4047

Cookie Ingredients: 

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Directions: 

1. Stir together first 3 ingredients.

2. Beat sugar and next 2 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until blended.

3. Divide dough into 4 equal portions; flatten each into a 1/2-inch-thick disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes.

4. Working with 1 disk at a time, place on a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with a 3-inch round cutter. Place 1 inch apart on 2 parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Chill 30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 10 minutes or until edges begin to brown, switching baking sheets halfway through. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes; transfer to wire racks, and cool completely. Glaze as desired.

Icing Ingredients: 

1cup powdered sugar
2teaspoons milk
2teaspoons light corn syrup
14teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring

Directions:

1. Stir the powdered sugar and the milk until smooth.

2. Beat in corn syrup and vanilla until icing is smooth and glossy.

3. If it’s too thick, add more corn syrup.

4. Divide icing into separate bowls and stir in food coloring as desired.

5. You can dip the cookies, paint them with a paint brush or spread them using a knife or the back of a spoon.

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