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Christmas Sugar Cookies.Somebody. Stop me.

Christmas Sugar Cookies.Somebody. Stop me.
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Well my Christmas lovin’ friends… 
I have a bit of a confession to make. 
As of a couple of weeks ago, 
I was done baking and photo-ing Christmas goodies for you all.
Done. 
Finished.
Had started eating a large amount of vegetables and rice, just on account of it all.
 
 
Then…I got a little bit cookie-wowed. 
I read all about a fun little cookie making day on  
And, I’m embarrassed to say….
that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about 
cute cookies 
ever since. 
Nor have been able to stop looking at them…
And reading about them….
And swooning over them.
This is the kind of sick and twisted person I am. 
Lover of cute things 
and lover of food.
Put those things together and I’ve got a real problem on my hands.
Somebody. Stop Me.
Before I hurt myself. 
Vegetables and Rice just aren’t quite as cute or fun.
Hate to break it to you…
But it’s the darn spankin’ truth.
 
I will give a bit of a warning, however. 
These Cute Cookies are not difficult to make, 
but they do take quite a bit of time. 
If time is something you are short on, 
don’t add this to your list of “pre-Chritmas activities”!
If you are finding your presents wrapped, 
your carols sung
and time just a slowly 
ticking
by….
then treat your self to a fun little cookie day!
Or two…
Or three.
I know I will be. 
Almond Butter Sugar Cookies
Time: 1 hour to mix cut and bake
Yield: about 36 three inch cookies
Recipe from Bake at 350  
3 C flour
2 t baking soda
1 C sugar
1 C butter, cold
1 egg
3/4 t pure vanilla extract
1/2 t pure almond extract
1. Combine the flour and baking soda in a medium sized bowl.
2. In your stand mixer, or with hand held beaters cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and extracts and mix well.
3. Add the flour mixture a little bit at a time and beat just until combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
The dough will be a bit crumbly. 
4. Place the dough on a floured surface and knead to help it from crumbling all over.
5. Roll out 1/2 of the dough on your floured surface. Cut into what ever cookie shapes your little heart desires. Place on a sprayed cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. (Convection ovens bake at 325 for 7 minutes.) I like sugar cookies to be pretty soft, so I tend to under cook them. I took mine out of the oven when they were just starting to get golden around the edges. They ended up being soft and yummy for several days.
6. Cool on a wire rack.
 
Sugar Cookie Frosting
Time: 10 minutes to mix + decorating time
Yield: Frosting for about 24 cookies
***NOTE: I used Wilton Food coloring for the first batch of icing. The colors had a little bit of trouble bleeding into each other. I contacted a lovely gal named Amanda from I am Baker. She and I met this past summer at the Baking with Betty event.  
(Just take a look at her fabulous blog. The girl has creativity coming out of her eyeballs.)
 She told me about a brand of food coloring called Americolor. I found it at my local Hobby Lobby and it worked much better.***
1 C powdered sugar
1 T milk
1 drop lemon juice (fresh or from the bottle)
1 T light corn syrup
Americolor Food Coloring (I found some at my local Hobby Lobby)
1. Use a whisk to combine the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and corn syrup in a medium sized bowl. 
2. Add the milk just a drop or two at a time. You are working towards two different consistencies here.
The thicker frosting should be about the consistency of toothpaste. You are going to use it to pipe around the edges of your cookies.

You will also need a thinner icing used to “flood” the cookies. The thinner icing should resemble syrup. Add the milk to your icing with these two consistencies in mind. Add your food coloring and you are good to go! Pipe the thicker frosting around the edges of your cookies. Let it harden for about 10 minutes, then fill in your cookie with the thinner frosting.

You can make some really fun designs by using two colors of the thinner frosting. For the cookie above, I piped the thicker icing around the edge. Then filled it with thin white frosting. I then piped some thin red icing in lines and finished it by dragging a toothpick through the lines. Fun….oh so fun.
You can see that the cookie on the right has three colors of the thin frosting. The cookie on the left only has white thin frosting, the red and green were piped with thick frosting. 
After the cookies are all prettied up, they need to sit out and dry for several hours. I made the mistake on my first batch of covering them with plastic wrap just after they were done. The next time I saw them, the colors had bled into each other…and I was a bit bummed out! Not so fun. I didn’t curse or anything. It is Christmas you know. I’m trying to be extra nice and all.
After they have had a chance to dry look how fun and stack able they are! 
I skipped the thin frosting on this cookie and just piped the thicker frosting all over the top. 
Enjoy and have a fun old time!
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14 Comments

  1. 1
    December 20, 2010 at 4:37 am

    So cute! I especially like the swirled trees. :)

  2. 2
    December 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I love your tree cookie and your “Happy Holidays” cookies! They are beautiful! I always have high hopes of decorating sugar cookies for events, but I always realize the night before I need them that I should have started them, oh, about a month ago. One of these days I'll plan it better!

  3. 3
    December 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I've been looking for a good frosting recipe that floods the cookies. This is perfect. Thanks!

  4. 4
    December 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    absoltuely beautiful! I love love the dark green christmas tree.. love your ideas! and excited to try the frosting recipe. :) I'm about done for christmas, may give me something to do. lol.

  5. 5
    December 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    They look too pretty to eat!

  6. 6
    Anonymous
    December 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Oh, my gosh! Those are too beautiful to eat!

  7. 7
    December 20, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    These cookies look so pretty Jamie. I'm going to Hobby Lobby to stock up on all the fun stuff to help us decorate our sugar cookies too.

  8. 8
    December 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Holey moley, these are cute, and adorable, and beautiful and I just LOVE them! Next time I make sugar cookies I am for sure going to try out these techniques. Hopefully this week sometime. Pretty much done w/ Christmas stuff…pretty much. Gotta wrap toninght, then I think I can say DONE! Thx, I love this kind of stuff!!

  9. 9
    December 20, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Gorgeous! I am so impressed with these gorgeous cookies you have made! Seriously gorgeous. :-)

  10. 10
    Julie Thomson
    December 21, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Jamie, you are incredible. These cookies are gorgeous. I think I'll come over and eat one. I'm quite sure I could never make anything so cute, but one day I might actually try.

  11. 11
    December 28, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your cookies! and the recipe. subscribing and following your blog now.
    mine is…
    http://www.thismommyhasanopinion.blogspot.com

  12. 12
    January 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Great job! You are really talented!

  13. 13
    Anonymous
    July 28, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Can I use imitation almond extract for these cookies?

  14. 14
    July 29, 2011 at 5:13 am

    Yes, you can use imitation. Good Luck!
    ~Jamie

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