Decorated sugar cookies are a MUST for the holidays around our house. What are your favorite cookies to make during the Christmas season? I don’t know about you, but I struggle to find a great, easy to shape, cookie dough for those fun Christmas cookies! And then the icing….that is a whole different aspect, isn’t it?
Every time I attempt to make cut out cookies, I get nervous. I think they looked pretty, but that it will be too much work. I am wrong…every.single.time! This time around, I whipped up a glaze type of icing, that not only tasted good, but also made it so easy to decorate! Theses cookies turn out to be so soft, delicious, and my kids have a great time adding their personal creations to them!
Oven: 375, Yield: 36 cookies
2/3 c softened butter
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 T milk
1 t vanilla
2 c all purpose flour
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in milk, egg, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
2. Next, divide the dough in half. Roll out half on a piece of floured wax paper to about 1/8 inch thick. Then, roll out the other half the same way, and lay them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
3. Using a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, cut them into various shapes. Then, place them on a prepared baking sheet.
4. Finally, bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes or until edges are VERY lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
Basic Powdered Sugar Icing:
1 c powdered sugar
1/4 t vanilla
1 T milk
Combine ingredients and stir. Stir in additional milk, about 1 t at a time, until it is a little thicker than drizzle consistency. Dip the cookies in the icing, face down, and let the excess drip off. Lay them on wax paper and sprinkle. Allow to harden before storing. Store in an airtight container.