Buttery Sugar Christmas Cutout Cookies
This is a delicious buttery sugar cookie that is soft and chewy, perfect for your cutout Christmas cookies. You can decorate them with a simple powdered sugar frosting tinted with your favorite Christmas colors and sprinkle them with fun candy sprinkles. This is my little toddler enjoying his cookie. He helped with the kneading the dough, cutting the cookies out, frosting, and was in charge of sprinkles. He is such a good little helper! This is his first published picture of him. He is enjoying his Christmas cookie in the lazy boy, cuddled with his favorite blanket, crocheted by his favorite aunt. He already had a few, can you tell by the green teeth? We made these cookies the other night. I made the cookie dough, and then he helped me knead it a bit. I rolled the dough out and then placed the cookie cutters on the dough. I then got my son to push the cutters into the dough. I baked them and then made the icing while he played with Daddy. When the cookies were done, we iced them, and then Julien sprinkled them. He used colored sugars and the candy sprinkles in shakers. He had so much fun with the sprinkles. Daddy was there to make sure he didn’t use too much though.
My son has been helping me in the kitchen ever since he could sit unsupported. When he was very little, I would sit him on the counter when I needed his help to stir something, or to knead some dough. Babies love to get their hands in dough. Even though he has just turned two, I am trying to find ways whenever possible to include him in the kitchen. He loves to be mommy’s little helper.
Christmas time is not only a time to enjoy with our families, but also to give back to our community. I have a strong belief in helping our youth. One of the biggest ways is to help end childhood hunger. Helping to ensure children have food gives them security. A child cannot help what circumstances they were born into. They are innocent, and shouldn’t have to suffer because of their situations of which they have no control over. Jennie at In Jennie’s Kitchen is hosting the 12 days of sharing. If you can, please go to the Share our Strength website and give a little. No amount is too small, and every little bit helps.
These cookies were soft and chewy. I created this recipe because I really do not like tough sugar cookies. You know the type that are the consistency of bricks? You could throw those cookies through a window they are so hard. I set out to make a soft cut out cookie that would be easy to eat, with a sweet buttery taste.
Yield: Serves 6
Christmas Cutout Cookies Recipe
For the Cookies:
1 cup softened butter or 2 sticks
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour, plus additional flour for kneading and rolling
For the Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
Colored sugar sprinkles any color
Candy sprinkles of any color
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In your stand mixer, cream the sugars and butter until very light in color.
Then beat in the eggs, one at a time, the vanilla, and the salt.
Beat in the flour.
Then knead about a 1/2 cup more flour into the dough until you get a good consistency. You can now refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to make it more stiff and easier to work with.
Lightly flour your work surface, and roll the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Then cut out the dough with your cookie cutters and transfer to an un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until cookies are just set, and bottoms are very light brown.
Let cookies cool. Mix all ingredients for icing, and make your favorite colors. Have fun icing the cookies and sprinkling with colored sugars and candied sprinkles.