Today, I’m going to walk you through baking some of our favorite Christmas cookies that happen to be extremely adorable in addition to being yummy! My daughter is quite the baker and she has a collection of cookbooks. This sugar cookie dough recipe comes from one of her books you can purchase on Amazon. It’s by the American Girl franchise and is titled American Cookies.
First I start by gathering all of my ingredients. You’ll need:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 1/4cups sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tbsp heavy cream
Step 1: Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, usually 2-3 minutes. On a low speed, add the eggs and vanilla until mixed together thoroughly. Turn off mixer and scrape batter off the sides with a spatula. Add the flour mixture in three separate batches at low speed until its almost blended in. Turn off mixer and scrape down the sides with the spatula again. Until combined, add the heavy cream and beat on low.
Step 2. Dust down a counter or surface with flour. Scrape dough onto surface and use hands to kneed, then work into a flattened rectangle with your hands or with the help of a rolling pin. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour to overnight. This is the hardest part. THE WAIT! Once you’ve had these delicious cookies, you’ll know why the wait is tough but worth it!
Step 3: Preheat oven to 350 F. Make sure to dust your surface lightly with flour again and place the unwrapped dough on the surface. Roll dough out with rolling pin until you’ve got a even 1/4 inch thickness. This makes sure it’s thin (but not too thin so they won’t become too crisp) and perfect for decorating! Cut out shapes and place them on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet and bake for 14-16 minutes or until a VERY light golden brown. Let cool for completely on a wire rack before decorating. Makes about 30 cookies.
Step 4. Let the decorating begin! Here is where you can let your creativity flag fly! We decided we wanted to stick to a white Christmas type of vibe because we were inspired by our tree and decorations this year. Normally, we make own buttercream but today, time passed us by too quickly so store-bought buttercream is just fine. I used Betty Crocker buttercream. We started by filling a piping bag with the buttercream and chose a star icing tip. We made 3 rows of icing, starting at the bottom, and worked our way up in sections. This seemed like a good way to make the tree look “textured” and they came out so cute when we topped them off with silver sugar glitter. It was a cute way to let the kids have fun with a design that anyone can do. Remember we aren’t seeking perfection when we bake cookies with out kids and decorate them. We are simply seeking fun!
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