HOW TO DECORATE SUGAR COOKIES FOR CHRISTMAS RECIPES

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CLASSIC SUGAR COOKIES RECIPE - BETTYCROCKER.COM



Classic Sugar Cookies Recipe - BettyCrocker.com image

We consider this the best sugar cookie recipe out there—because it's the kind your grandma or even great-grandma would recognize. Baking sugar cookies from scratch is a time-honored tradition, after all! With a tender, short texture that comes from a good buttery base, these cookies break with just the right balance of bend and snap. And the taste? Perfection. But when it comes to the perfect sugar cookie recipe, there's one more crucial factor: how easy your cookies are to decorate. We've come up with a simple glaze that's easily tintable, covers smoothly and dries firmly so that you can stack your finished cut-out sugar cookies without fear of smudging them. However you choose to decorate them, dress these Christmas sugar cookies up in holiday style, and they'll be the star of every festive gathering.

Provided by Betty Crocker Kitchens

Total Time 7 hours 50 minutes

Prep Time 1 hours 0 minutes

Yield 55

Number Of Ingredients 13

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 cups powdered sugar
3 to 5 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Food colors, if desired
Colored sugar or candy sprinkles, if desired

Steps:

  • In large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, the softened butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, the almond extract and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon, until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Divide dough in half; shape dough into 2 disks, and wrap in plastic wrap. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Roll each disk on lightly floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with 2- to 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters into desired shapes. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cutouts at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely.
  • In medium bowl, beat 3 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla with spoon until smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too stiff to spread, add additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Tint with food color. Spread frosting on cooled cookies. Decorate as desired with colored sugar or candy sprinkles. Let stand about 4 hours or until frosting is set. Store covered in airtight container at room temperature with waxed paper between layers.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 90 , CarbohydrateContent 14 g, CholesterolContent 10 mg, FatContent 1/2 , FiberContent 0 g, ProteinContent 0 g, SaturatedFatContent 2 g, ServingSize 1 Cookie, SodiumContent 50 mg, SugarContent 10 g, TransFatContent 0 g

DECORATED CHRISTMAS CUTOUT COOKIES RECIPE: HOW TO MAKE IT



Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies Recipe: How to Make It image

Rich and buttery Christmas cutout cookies like these never last long at a party. They're one of my favorite homemade Christmas cookies. I use seasonal cutters to celebrate the holidays tastefully. —Lynn Burgess, Rolla, Missouri

Provided by Taste of Home

Categories     Desserts

Total Time 25 minutes

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Yield 6 dozen (2-1/2-inch cookies).

Number Of Ingredients 8

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Tinted frostings, colored sugars, edible glitter and nonpareils

Steps:

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill until firm, 1 hour. , On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in thickness. Cut out with Christmas cookie cutters of your choice. Using a floured spatula, transfer cookies to greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° until lightly browned, 8-10 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks., Decorate cookies with frosting and colored sugars.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 47 calories, FatContent 2g fat (1g saturated fat), CholesterolContent 11mg cholesterol, SodiumContent 43mg sodium, CarbohydrateContent 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, FiberContent 0 fiber), ProteinContent 1g protein.

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