Last weekend I decided to attempt to make cut out sugar cookies. I found a sugar cookie recipe on Pinterest and used cookie cutters from Target to make the shapes. Cutting the shapes is always the fun part for me. I love rolling to dough out and pressing it flat. Then watching the shapes come out, reminds me of being a kid. I decided I will make this a new christmas tradition of mine, like putting up a tree or Santa leaving christmas pajamas out on Christmas Eve while we are looking at lights.
Here is another copy of the cookie recipe I used. It will definitely take me a few years to perfect this. I did not follow the icing recipe attached to the cookie recipe from Pinterest. I opted to use the store bought icing, although this may be something I try next year.
- 1½ cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla, almond, peppermint, or coconut extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in eggs and extract until well-combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together remainder of cookie ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet in batches until combined.
- Divide dough into quarters, form into discs, and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Removed one disc from fridge and roll out on floured surface until dough is ⅛"-1/4" thick.
- Cut with cookie cutter and baked on an ungreased cookie sheet for 6-8 minutes, watching closely. Cookies are done when bottoms are just barely golden brown. Let cool completely on wire racks before frosting. Make sure cookie sheets are cool to touch before place more cookie dough on them.
I let the cookies cool over night and decorated them the next day. This is a lot harder than it looks.