Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cookies for Santa...

The girls and I felt a little adventurous this year and decided to make some sugar cookie cut outs for Santa. I usually don't like doing these and instead we just do some kinda drop cookie. But, I think I've found the perfect recipe! We used Tina's over at Mommy's Kitchen and it was soooo yummy! I've been such a boring mom all these past years and didn't feel like making a mess with all the decorations and stuff but I'm so glad I gave in and did it this year. The girls thoroughly enjoyed them selves. And they were so proud to leave them out for Santa. This will be such a great memory. Thanks Tina for the inspiration to starting a wonderful, new tradition in our house!!

Frosted Sugar Cookie Cut Outs
1/3 - cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 - cup shortening
1 - cup granulated sugar
1 - tsp baking powder
dash salt
1 - egg
1 - tsp vanilla extract
2 - cups all purpose flour
1 - recipe colored icing, below

In a medium size bowl beat shortening and butter together with a electric mixer. Add sugar, vanilla extract and egg. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together then add to the creamed mixture. Mix together scraping the sides of the bowl. I used my kitchen aid mixer to mix everything until it came away from the bowl and started to form into a ball. Try and mix enough of the flour mixture in using mixer, stir in any remaining flour with wooden spoon. Place dough inside a large zip lock bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Remove dough and let sit on the counter at least 30 minutes. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick. I like thick cookies they seem to be softer. Cut with desired cookie cutters and place on a un-greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm and start to get golden brown. The bottom of the cookies should be light brown as well. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes. Remove and place on a baking rack to cool completely. Frost with colored icing.

Colored Icing Recipe:

1 - cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
1 - tablespoon softened butter or margarine
2 - tablespoons milk
1 - tsp vanilla extract
food coloring

I used 3 separate bowls to mix the icing. So one recipe for each bowl, mix all ingredients together with fork. If too dry, add a little more milk. Once mixed, add a few drops of food coloring. We did red, green and yellow.



Katy ~ said...

The children are BEAUTIFUL! Sweet, sweet little faces.

And aren't those cookies something special! Good memories are being made.

Kim said...

Love those sugar cookies!! You get a big pat on the back for making and decorating those sugar cookies. I've always wanted to and yet never had the patience.

Monica H said...

They're edible pieces of art. great job kiddos!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

They turned out beautiful. That snowman is so stinkin cute!!! The colored icing makes everyone a bit nervous you think it is way to thin but it dries beautifully. Yeah for new traditons. Santa loved ours as well.

teresa said...

such pretty cookies! i love all the colors! hope you had a wonderful holiday!