Soft, delicious, traditional cut-out Christmas cookie
The holidays are nearly here! Cooler temperatures make hot cocoa and a crackling fire a cozy place to be. Nothing goes better with them than delicious Christmas cookies. So, grab your mixing bowls and cookie cutters, put on some Bing Crosby, and bake up some flavorful holiday Christmas cookies!
Many childhood memories are filled with images of flour, sugar, and icing. Family time is spent in the kitchen surrounded by cutters and sprinkles while children decorate traditional Christmas cookies. Plates of soft, warm cookies passed around while watching a Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. Perhaps even hosting a cookie recipe exchange party would be fun.
Some other cookies
When it comes to cookies, there are many to choose from, and each is as delicious as the next. There are as many cookies as there are holiday traditions. Some of the many holiday recipes for tasty cookies are
- Gingerbread cookies, spicy and sweet
- Spritz cookies, soft and buttery
- Traditional shortbread, crisp and not too sweet
- Gingersnaps, brittle and full of ginger and molasses
- Snickerdoodles, soft and coated in cinnamon and sugar
- Chocolate crinkles, crunchy and chocolaty
- Peppermint meringues, light and minty
However, when thinking of traditional Christmas cookies, nothing compares to a soft, rolled sugar cookie. These chewy cookies are a blank slate for children’s imaginations. They can be iced and covered in sprinkles or candies. However, these are just as delicious left plain, especially with a cup of coffee or cocoa.
These cookies are a great choice to bake up for friends or family. They can be packaged into festive tins and given as homemade gifts or simply enjoyed by a warm fire. Take some to your next holiday party or dinner. A big platter of them at the office Christmas party is sure to be a hit.
TIP for Christmas cookie
Before you begin, as she states on her site, a thinner dough will produce a crispy cookie while dough rolled thicker will bake into a softer cookie.
For this recipe you will need
For the cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened to room temperature
- One cup sugar
- An egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons. baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the icing:
- 3 3/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 3 Tablespoons meringue powder(found at Michaels and Wal-Mart)
- 6 Tablespoons warm water
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Additionally, you need
- Cookie sheet
- Non-Stick Teflon sheet or parchment paper
- Assorted cookie cutters
- Rolling pin
- Extra flour for rolling out cookies
Step-by-step Directions for Christmas cookie
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with a Non-Stick Teflon sheet (or parchment paper.)
Using a handheld mixer and a large bowl or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for about 1 minute – until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and beat on high for about 3 to 4 minutes until it is light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Next add the egg, vanilla extract ( and almond, if desired) and beat on medium-high until fully combined.
In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer on low, add half the flour mixture, and beat until just combined. Add the remaining flour and mix until combined. The dough should be soft, like clay.
Lightly flour a Non-Stick Teflon sheet on your counter as a workspace. Set dough on top of the floured sheet. Gently roll out the dough to the ⅓-inch thickness or desired thickness. (Remember, the thicker the dough, the softer the cookies and the thinner the dough, the crispier the cookies will be.)
Cut out desired shapes and use a spatula to gently transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate the cookie sheet full of cookie shapes for about 5 minutes, then bake for 10 minutes, or until edges start to turn a light brown. Be careful not to overbake them.
To make the icing, add all icing ingredients and beat on high until smooth, about 4-5 minutes. For thicker icing, add more sugar. For thinner icing, add more water. Try out the consistency to get the flow you want. And Icing can be colored with liquid food coloring or gel food coloring. (Keep in mind, liquid food coloring may affect the icing consistency.)
Icing can be spread onto the cookies using a knife or spatula or it can be placed into icing bags and piped on using decorative tips. Be creative!
Don’t be intimidated by the royal icing. There are many videos online demonstrating simple techniques that produce beautifully decorated cookies, like this one. Have fun and enjoy delicious and unique cookies decorated in your own kitchen.