Christmas Cookies!

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Looking for a Christmas cookie recipe? We have got you covered. Say goodbye to the Pillsbury premade Christmas cookies, and get ready to whip up homemade sugar cookies this Holiday season. You can’t go wrong with this family cookie recipe Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • For the cookies:
    • 2 ¾ cups flour
    • 1 tsp. baking powder
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • ¾ cup butter (room temp)
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • For the frosting:
    • 3 tbsp. butter
    • 1 tsp. vanilla
    • Half-and-half
    • Powdered sugar

Directions 

  1. Begin by gathering your materials! You will need a 2 mixing bowls, measuring cups, an electric mixer(or a whisk if you want an arm workout), a rolling pin, fun cookie cutters, a cookie sheet, and a cooling rack.
  2. First, combine your dry and wet ingredients in 2 separate bowls. 
  3. Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet, mixing at a low speed. 
  4. Once fully blended, cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  5. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 375°.
  6. Place the chilled dough on a floured surface and roll it with your rolling pin to about a quarter- inch thick.
  7. With the cookie cutters, punch the shapes into the dough and evenly space them on an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until all the dough has been shaped into cookies.
  9. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. They cook quickly, so don’t take your eyes off them for too long!
  10. Once the cookies are golden brown, take them out of the oven and place them on a cooling rack. 
  11. Make the frosting, blending until a stuff, smooth mixture forms.
  12. Now that the cookies are cool, it’s time to frost and decorate! First coat the tops of the cookies with frosting, then adorn with sprinkles, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, and any other decoration lying around in your pantry. If you are feeling extra crazy, you can even dye the frosting different colors!

 

A few pro tips to make the cookies flawless:

Sift the flour– There is nothing worse than a clumpy cookie!

Cream the butter– Don’t skip this vital step! For both the dough and the frosting, start by blending the butter until smooth, then add the sugar, eggs and vanilla for an ultra smooth batter.

Chill the dough– Though it is tempting to skip this step, don’t do it! This step is essential to rolling and cutting out the dough.

Flour the surface & the rolling pin– This mistake has been made too many times. You don’t want a sticky mess.

Stiff frosting is favorable- Please, go easy on the half-and-half! The thicker the frosting the better when decorating cookies.

Friends and family– This recipe isn’t complete without them. Grab some loved ones, blast our christmas playlist, and have a jolly fun time getting creative in the kitchen with friends and family!

*note: if you have a gluten or egg allergy, no problem! You can easily substitute gluten free flour and flax eggs for this recipe.