Christmas Sugar Cookies

Christmas Sugar CookiesThere’s nothing more disappointing than biting into a gorgeous cookie that doesn’t deliver in the taste department!  Boo!  That’s false advertising!  Cookies should taste as good as they look!

Well, I have good news!  I love everything about these sugar cookies!  I love making them.   I love sharing them.  I love eating them.  They’re like little, edible works of art!  There’s nothing hypocritical about these cookies because they taste even better than they look.  They bake up beautifully and back up their looks with pure deliciousness! 

Sugar Cookies


Let’s jump right in!

Start by lining your cookie sheets with parchment. If you prefer to grease your baking pan, instead, that's fine.

Start by lining your cookie sheets with parchment. If you prefer to grease your baking pan, instead, that’s fine.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and mix well with a fork.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and mix well with a fork.

Beat the butter and shortening until creamy.

Beat the butter and shortening until creamy.

Add the eggs, and beat well.

Add the eggs, and beat well.

Add the cream and vanilla, and beat some more.

Add the cream and vanilla, and beat some more.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and stir just enough to incorporate everything.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, and stir just enough to incorporate everything.

Your dough will be fairly dry, and look a little crumbly. At this point you can refrigerate, or just start rolling them out.

Your dough will be fairly dry, and look a little crumbly. At this point you can refrigerate, or just start rolling them out.

When you're ready to roll, preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and dust your surface with flour.

When you’re ready to roll, preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and dust your surface with flour.

Using about half the dough, form a disc.

Using about half the dough, form a disc.

Roll it out very thin.

Roll it out very thin.

Start cutting out the dough.

Start cutting out the dough.

For Christmas, I use this holly leaf cutter.

For Christmas, I use this holly leaf cutter.

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This dough is fragile, so I use a thin, metal spatula to lift the dough to my baking pan.

This dough is fragile, so I use a thin, metal spatula to lift the dough to my baking pan.

Bake them at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Watch them carefully. You don't want them to brown on the edges.

Bake them at 400 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Watch them carefully. You don’t want them to brown on the edges.

When they come out of the oven, let them cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then remove them to a rack.

When they come out of the oven, let them cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then remove them to a rack.

Sugar Cookies
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
5 min
COOKIE INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 cup butter ~ softened
  2. 1 cup shortening
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 6 tablespoons cream
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  6. 6 cups flour
  7. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 cups sugar
FROSTING INGREDIENTS
  1. 3½-4 cups powdered sugar
  2. ½ cup softened butter
  3. ¼ cup half and half (at room temperature)
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 3-4 drops of food coloring (optional)
  7. sprinkles or decorations
DIRECTIONS FOR COOKIES
  1. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar with a fork.
  2. Cream butter and shortening together.
  3. Beat in eggs, cream, and vanilla.
  4. Beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix just long enough to combine.
  6. Chill for at least 2 hours,
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  8. Roll out thin, and cut.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes.
DIRECTIONS FOR FROSTING
  1. Combine sugar, butter, half and half, salt, and vanilla, and beat until fluffy.
  2. Add food coloring, if desired.
  3. Spread on cookies.
  4. Refrigerate cookies for an hour after frosting.
  5. Store in fridge.
Notes
  1. Makes 6-8 dozen cookies, depending on the size.
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For the frosting, combine powdered sugar, butter, half and half, vanilla, and salt.

For the frosting, combine powdered sugar, butter, half and half, vanilla, and salt.

Beat until fluffy, then add a few drops of food coloring (if desired.)

Beat until fluffy, then add a few drops of food coloring (if desired.)

Frost the cookies, and decorate with sugar or sprinkles.

Frost the cookies, and decorate with sugar or sprinkles. Refrigerate for an hour to allow the frosting to set, then store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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I make these for most holidays.

I make these for most holidays.

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Okay, so you get the idea.

Okay, so you get the idea.