Christmas Sugar Cookies
The one special holiday tradition that I have done with my children for the past 30 years is making these Christmas sugar cookies. Over the years we have perfected our decorating skills, and the kids have come a long way from just slopping on the frosting and the sprinkles, to actually making some really creative designs (I LOVED their special cookies with all colors of frosting and gobs of sprinkles on each cookie). Those are memories I will always cherish.
Now that my children are all grown, we still get together to make these cookies every year for Christmas. My daughters have always enjoyed making these, and this year when I told my daughter, who is in the Navy, that I was going to be making Christmas sugar cookies for the blog, she wanted to make sure that when she comes home for Christmas, that we are still going to make our Christmas cookies. Of course we will.
You can make your Christmas sugar cookies this beautiful too. I’ll explain how we do it. Just put your frosting on the cookie, and use your finger (your can wear gloves) to form the design you want on each one. The pressure from your finger pushing down on the frosting will leave an indentation. Then you barely press your cookies into the sprinkles and only the raised part will have the sprinkles on them.
We set out all of our decorating supplies, and put different colored sprinkles on paper plates, and then we start our decorating. It’s not hard. These do take a little bit of time to make, but they are so good, and worth every minute of effort. Plus, the bonding time you spend with family while decorating the cookies make wonderful memories.
I usually double the recipe for both the cookies and the frosting. That way we have lots of cookies and lots of bonding time!
Try this recipe today
- ½ C butter
- ½ C shortening
- ½ C sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 3 C flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 C powdered sugar
- ½ C butter (1 stick)
- 3 Tbsp milk
- 1½ tsp vanilla
- Food coloring
- Red hots
- Preheat oven to 325°
- In a medium bowl, mix together, butter, shortening, sugar and egg. Add vanilla and milk. Mix well until combined. Gradually stir in flour and baking powder scraping down the sides of bowl.
- Roll out a small amount of dough on a floured surface to about ¼″ thick and cut into shapes. Place on cookie sheets and bake until edges just start to brown. Approximately 10-12 minutes. Let sit on cookie sheets for a few minutes then transfer to cooling rack. Repeat until all dough is used.
- Here’s a little cookie tip for you…. When rolling out your cookie dough, mix flour and powdered sugar 50/50. Use this mixture and your cookies will taste much better and not leave a flour taste in your mouth.
- In a medium bowl, cream butter, milk, and vanilla together. Gradually stir in powder sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Put frosting in individual bowls, add food coloring of your choice, stir. Frost cooled cookies. Decorate with sprinkles and red hots.
Here are a couple pics that are the perfect size for pinning to Pinterest!