Christmas Sugar Cookies
It’s the Christmas Holidays and decorating is big part of this time of year… so is eating… and one thing we all love to make for christmas are some good ole Christmas cookies to snack on, that’s of course after we lay the smack down on our Christmas dinner. Afterwards however, we like a light sweet snack to munch on. Christmas just isn’t complete without a Christmas tree and Christmas cookies, which are an American tradition. We also love to decorate our cookies with designs and decorations that sumbolize this wonderful time of year. Im going to show you guys a basic but classic recipe for Christmas sugar cookies. You only need a few simple ingredients that everyone have in their kitchen and a little time and patience. As a kid I loved making Christmas cookies more than I did actually eating them hahaha. I remember enjoying the creaming process where you blend the butter and sugar together but what I loved even more was shaping and decorating the cookies. I didn’t want to eat them because I just loved looking at them.. I thought they were so pretty….they were like toys to me. It’s amazing how we process things as children… but now I couldn’t care less how colorful or pretty they looked…. give me a glass of cold milk on the side and trust me the whole plate of cookies will be gone within seconds…. Now I have to admit im not much of a cookie fan but I have always enjoyed oatmeal and raisin and my favorite…. sugar cookies. So if you’re a fan of christmas cookies like myself follow this easy and simple Christmas cookies recipe… you are going to love them.
1. The first thing you’re going to do is get your 3 cups of flour. We’re going to be combining our flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk all of these ingredients in together for 45 seconds to make sure they’re well blended…, then sit it aside.
2. Next, combine your butter, and sugar. Blend together with a hand mixer on low speed for about 45 seconds or until there is no more loose sugar remaining, this is called creaming.
3. Follow that up by adding your egg and water, then blend in well until the butter mixture is nice and smooth.
4. You’re going to now combine the flour and creamed butter mixture. So add your flour and blend on low speed until you’re left with nothing but moist crumbs.
5. With your hands, bind everything together to form a big ball of dough. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
6. After 2 hours, you’re going to coat a surface with the remaining 1/4 cup of flour. The reason we do this is to make rolling the dough easier. If you don’t coat the surface with flour the dough will most likely stick to the surface and that will create a big mess. So coat the surface with flour and coat the rolling pin with flour as well. Flatten out your dough by pressing it down a bit with your hands, then proceed to roll it out with the rolling pin. DO NOT roll it out too thin! You want your cookie dough to be about 1/4 inches thick in height..
7. After rolling out your dough, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Now word of advice, make sure you are using a light baking sheet. Yea there is some weird science to using a light baking sheets vs dark baking sheets. If you use a dark baking sheet YOU might run the risk of burning the bottom of your cookies or they may come out brown. To avoid this use a light baking sheet and parchment paper…. Also, bake your cookies on the high rack in the oven not on the low rack closest to the fire/heat.
8. Cut into your cookie dough with the cookie cutters, then place the cookies onto the baking sheet. Make sure that you place the cookies about a 1/2 inch apart because they will spread and cook into each other if they are too close together and YOU DO NOT WANT THAT!!!! Also, before pressing the cookies out of the cookie cutters and onto the parchment baking sheet, dust off the back of the cookies where there maybe a lot of flour. Ball up the dough left over and roll it out again to make more cookies. Repeat that process until there is no more dough remaining.
9. Sprinkle your colored sugar crystals onto your cookies. You can carve designs into the cookies and design them however you want. Go on youtube for designing options… there are many ways you can dress up your cookies. You dont want them looking as bland as mine look hahahaha. It’s ok because next year im going to show off and show out. I just decided to keep it simple this year.
10. Place the cookies in the oven and bake on 375 for exactly 10 minutes, then remove and sit on the counter.
11. The cookies will come out the oven very hot and soft so don’t touch them. Let them sit for at least 15 minutes before touching them. After 15 minutes remove them, sit them aside and bake your second batch of cookies. But make sure not to eat them immediately. I always refrigerate mine for a few hours and eat them later for best results. You want to give them a little time to harden so I recommend you prepare these hours or a day ahead of time because as I always say….. food and dessert is always best after letting it sit for a while. I hope you enjoy these cookies.. Merry Christmas.
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