Sunday, December 19, 2010

Recipe: Holiday Sugar Cookies

These cookies are a favorite amongst family and friends - one family member and one friend in particular! I have been making them for many years using most of these cookie cutters some of which belonged to my mother. The red and green ones are Hallmark and the small cutters, a recent purchase, are Wilton and are made to hang on the side of a cup, as shown.

(printable recipe) 
Tasty cookie that rolls out easily into any shape you like for any occasion. I roll these out thinly so that will be crisp when baked.
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2 cups flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten egg and milk. Sift flour and baking powder together, adding half of it at a time to the above mixture. Add vanilla. See Note.

Roll out 1/4" thick on floured board with floured rolling pin. [I use saran wrap and I roll them thinner ]

Cut into shapes, place on ungreased cookie sheet and sprinkle cookies with sugar. [Use appropriate color sugar for the occasion.]

Bake in a preheated 400' oven for 10-12 mins. [I use 350' for 10-14 mins.] Transfer immediately to a rack to cool. These cookies freeze well so can be made in advance.

Note: You will probably need more flour - use enough to just keep dough from being sticky. Dough rolls out well and makes great cookies in any shape. Initial roll might be sticky so add more flour and re-roll. You can tint dough red and green for Christmas, orange for Halloween, red for Valentine's Day, green for St. Patrick's Day etc. Also great for cutting out numbers or letters for party favors.
Recipes can be copied and pasted for printing.

Add 3 ounces of melted unsweetened chocolate along with other ingredients for chocolate sugar cookies. You will need about a cup more flour as well to attain the correct dough consistency.

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margaret in the middle said...

I love them well done -- yum!

makeyourhomesing said...

How cute to hang 'em off a mug of hot chocolate.....perfect for dipping!

Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

DANA said...

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Jill said...

Yummy!! Thanks for linking these too!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Donnie said...

Those look so cute and convenient the way they hang off the cup. Have a great day.

The Sheridans said...

I LOVE the way they can hang off the tea cups! I have never seen that before!

Lady Katherine said...

I loved seeing your cookies, how wonderful have some of your Mother's cookie cutters! I adore the cookies hanging on the cup. Thank you for joining me for Tea Time. Love the recipe! Merry Christmas!

Grannys Attic said...

I could use some of them right now! They look so good and how sweet that you have your Mothers cookie cutters that is just priceless. Merry Christmas, Vicky

Unknown said...

Yummmm! I just made some Cream cheese Sugar Cookies that came out wonderful. I iced them with white glaze and silver and gold sprinkles.
I really enjoy your blog.

Merry Christmas,

LV said...

A great way to celebrate the day, with some of those cookies, coffee, and using red plates. Great job.

GwendolynKay said...

Your cookies look scrumptious!!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe - the chocolate variation sounds yummy too! Love those cookie cutters you found for the side of the cup! Too cute!

Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...


wacki04@TheKing'sCourt IV said...

Love your cookies! Thanks for sharing!!

Unknown said...

i'm fond of a crisp cookie myself! i have never actually colored the dough before...i love the way they turned out. thank you for sharing another wonderful treat with tuesday night supper club. :)

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Mary @ Eat Drink and Be Mary said...

Looks yummy!

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