YAY COOKIES! I have seriously been SO ANXIOUS to make these cookies. You see, a few weeks ago, when I was getting out Christmas decorations, I saw my grandmother’s cookie cutters. She passed away in January, shortly after last Christmas. She was an amazing cook and was always whipping up some treat for her family, friends, and neighbors. Since my family knows how much I love to bake, they thought it appropriate to give me her Christmas cookie cutters. This is our first Christmas without her, and I wanted to make these cookies as a way to just remember her during the busy holiday season.
So, as I was saying, I was SO ANXIOUS to make them. I had intended to make them about 2 weeks ago, but things kept coming up. Finally the weekend of cookie-making delight arrived. I could hardly contain myself! Just ask my husband…I probably said “I can’t wait to make my cookies” at least 50 times in a 3 day span.
During the cooking process, we did have a few hiccups. I spilled sugar everywhere, I realized I was out of eggs in the middle of mixing dough, had to leave everything on the counter and make a quick run to Wal-Mart just for 2 eggs. However, once we got these bad boys baking, it was everything I’d hoped. The house smelled of cookies. We played Christmas music. My husband and I sat together and decorated each one, laughing at how ugly his were (they are not pictured), but admitting that mine weren’t much better. It was fun, and I think it will be a yearly tradition with my grandmother’s Christmas cookie cutters. 🙂
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 3/4 teaspoon almond OR vanilla extract
- assorted food coloring
- 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).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- 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.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. They should be crisp but NOT brown. Cool completely.
- In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth.
- Beat in corn syrup and extract until icing is smooth and glossy. It should be about the consistency of Elmer's glue. If icing is too thick, add more milk. If it's too thin, add more corn syrup.
- Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Decorate cookies with icing.
Cookie Recipe Source: All Recipes
Icing Recipe Source: All Recipes