Monday, August 15, 2011

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Category: Cookies and Bars
Difficulty Rating: Medium

Cookies have always been a part of our family tradition both in the Whitson and the Smith families. My sisters and I have always made cookies for Christmas. This started when I was about 8, Sarah was 6 and Laura was about 14. We used to sing in the kitchen together while mixing and rolling out sugar cookies. Laura taught us harmonies. Laura sang melody, I sang alto, and Sarah sang in her sweet, high soprano. Lord, that was fun! But I think we ate more dough than we actually baked... Here is a very good sugar cookie recipe from Debbie Kelly. Lauren and I both make almost every Christmas. It is not very sweet--so the frosting makes it!

Ingredients:

1/2 C sugar
1/2 C butter
2 eggs
2 1/2 C flour
2 t baking powder
1 t vanilla

Directions:

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in 2 eggs. Add dry ingredients and vanilla. Chill 2-3 hours. Bake @ 375 degrees for 7-12 minutes. Do not overbake--they should not be brown on the edges! Frost with the following:

Jenn's Buttery Royal Frosting:

1 box sifted powdered sugar
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 t melted butter
3 egg whites

Mix together, divide and color with various food colors. Spread or pipe on cookies.
Note: Try using a LOTof food coloring for a really pretty Christmas cookie. Or for Easter or Ladies Luncheons use pastels (check out how Martha Stewart does it online).

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