Here is the recipe I used to make the Christmas cookies.. I doubled the cookie recipe to make enough cookies to give to 6 people, but the frosting recipe did not need to be doubled to cover all the cookies!
adapted from Our Best Bites
For the cookies...
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large or extra large egg
- 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix to incorporate.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.
- Immediately roll dough out between two sheets of parchment paper and then place on a flat surface in the fridge. Chill for about a half hour.
- Lightly sprinkle flour on your counter top and roll the dough out with a rolling pin. Using your Christmas cookie cutters, cut out as many shapes as you can!
- Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes for a nice soft sugar cookie. If you want the cookies to be crispier, bake for 10-12 minutes.
For the icing...
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 6 tablespoons whole milk
- 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
With a whisk, combine sugar and milk until smooth with no lumps. Then stir in corn syrup and vanilla extract.
Some helpful tips...
- make sure you let the icing harden completely before trying to decorate your cookies. I didn't do that because I was rushing and I ended up with droopy faces on my snowmen and gingerbread men. :(
- let the icing and decorations set before you put your cookies in their containers or packaging. This will keep them from rubbing off onto each other.
- use icing to outline your cookies! it makes them look more vibrant :) I didn't have outlines on any of them at first but when I started to outline the edges, they started to look much cuter.
Even though they look a little childish, they tasted fantastic and my managers were all very surprised to receive them today!! They really do make a great gift.