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Sugar Cookies

Christmas baking has officially kicked off in my house.  I made these snowflake sugar cookies for a gathering last night as well as to package up for my kids’ teachers to add to their Christmas baskets.  The recipe for the sugar cookies is one that I have been using for years and I absolutely love it! It is simple and rolls out beautifully.  It holds it’s shape well so that your cut outs look great, and its tastes delicious too. :)

Sugar Cookies:
recipe from allrecipes
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
    1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
    2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. (I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper)
    3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
For the icing or frosting:
I used an icing for my snowflake cookies and used a flooding method to get the above look.  I like using this icing because it dries hard and you can stack the cookies, which makes it great for gift giving.  The downside is that is is really time consuming, and takes a lot of careful, some might say tedious work.  I enjoy the piping because it is like painting or drawing, but I only like to do them in small batches and every once in a while :) .
Sugar Cookie Icing:
recipe adapted from allrecipes
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 teaspoons milk
  • 3 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • assorted food coloring
Combine all ingredients and beat with a mixer until it is smooth and shiny.  If your mixture is too thick, add corn syrup and very small drops of milk if needed, if it gets too thin, add more confectioners sugar. Add any gel colors needed to get desired color.
I use piping bags and add a size 2 tip to outline my shapes, outlining a few at a time, then I go back after about 10 minutes with a size 3 tip and flood the inside with icing.  The outline that you previously made that has slightly hardened will keep the new icing from flooding outside you outline.  Once you get your base color done, let it dry for several hours before piping any top lines or decorations.  If you wish to add anything such as the silver dragees that I used in my snowflakes, add a dot of icing as the glue, add your decoration, and they will dry in place together.
Iced cookies will take 12-24 hours to completely dry, where you will be able to stack them perfectly :) I always just leave them out overnight.
 The other option you have is to use a soft frosting, which is how the kids made theirs, see pic below :)
Here is a picture of some butterfly sugar cookies I did:

22 Responses Post a comment
  1. best cookies ever and I like the photo on craft paper. Nice touch. :)

    December 14, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      Thank you so much!

      December 15, 2011
  2. Dan #

    You are far too talented.

    December 14, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      <3

      December 15, 2011
  3. This is so pretty!! Hope you can link it up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now. (And red during the holidays!) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/12/turquoise-lovin-17.html

    December 14, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      Just did, thank you! :)

      December 15, 2011
  4. simplylovefood #

    Jaime, Jaime, Jaime….These are the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever seen…. You are REALLY inspiring me to “try” this recipe (you know I don’t bake!) :)

    December 15, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      :) Thank you! And I know that you do bake ;)

      December 20, 2011
  5. Jessica #

    Beautiful works of art!

    December 15, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      Thank you!!

      December 20, 2011
  6. These are GORGEOUS! I have those cookie cutters. I’ll be trying these out this week!

    December 18, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      Thank you so much Kim!

      December 20, 2011
  7. Mama Chłopców #

    These are just wonders! :-) Great job :-) Congrats!

    December 20, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      Thank you very much!

      December 20, 2011
  8. princesadeldrama #

    Hi, thanks… you inspire me to do my blog!
    thank you!

    December 25, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      Glad to hear it!!! Best of luck to you!

      December 28, 2011
  9. Beautiful

    December 28, 2011
    • jaime_creations #

      Thank you!

      December 28, 2011
  10. What Wonderfully Clear Pictures of Great looking Treats!!!!
    Please feel Free to share Your Website on Mine!!!!!!

    December 28, 2011
  11. emberwind #

    Looks very delicious!

    December 29, 2011
  12. jaime_creations #

    Thank you!!!

    January 12, 2012
  13. toetiewamie #

    these look absolutely delicious!

    February 19, 2012

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