One of our family’s Christmas traditions is baking and decorating sugar cookies. I started this tradition with my son when he was 5 yrs old. It was something he looked forward too every year. That and making the gingerbread house. The tradition continues with my daughter. Instead of editing old posts showing us making Christmas Sugar Cookies, I’ll post the recipe instead and attach photos of us making them from a few different years plus a video last year. This is a great tradition for the whole family. Enjoy. PS: You can use the same recipe for Valentine’s Day and Easter too.
Christmas Sugar Cookies
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
ROYAL ICING and Decorations
- 2 egg whites
- 4 cups confectionary sugar
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- Multi-Color Sprinkles, Colored Sprinkles, Food Coloring
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Mix until smooth and well combined.
- Form dough into a ball and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven 375F degrees. Divide the dough into parts. Roll out one ball at a time with a floured rolling pin, 1/8 inch thick, on a lightly floured surface. Flour the cookie cutters and cut out different shapes. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake 7 to 10 minutes. Cool the cookies in a rack before decorating.
- FOR THE ROYAL ICING:: Beat the egg whites lightly, add the confectionary sugar and cream of tartar. The latter will make the icing hard so it gives that crunchy glaze on the surface. Mix everything together in spreadable consistency. Use different colors to add to the icing, place in different bowls, prepare the sprinkles, and anything else you want to decorate your sugar cookies.