One of my favorite things during the holidays is watching my kids make their memories of the season:
Picking out the perfect tree, untangling the lights, unwrapping all the fragile decorations from the HUGE box in the attic (a mysterious place on its own), wrapping the little gifts they have gotten for each other and us- trying to keep it very secret, and baking of all the goodies for our friends. With the cut-outs the kiddos get to make them, shape them, decorate and finally eat them.
Now, they’re not the prettiest, I will admit. In fact, some are downright ugly! And the process isn’t always a smooth one (spilled eggs, sugar everywhere); But it is the best to see your kids see the process from start to finish and love it! The kids had so much fun this year now that the boys are old enough to really get their hands messy.
My basic recipe is from a contributed recipe from Amy Atlas, in the November 2011, People Magazine if you can believe it. I have used others, but this one seems to work well for making flat, easy to shape cookies. It makes only 2 dozen, so you can double it if you are looking for more.
12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 7: Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp.pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
Using a hand or stand mixer, mix the butter, sugar, and salt on medium speed until combined.
Mix in the egg and vanilla until just combined.
Reduce speed to medium-low, and add the flour. Mix until all is combined again.
Scrape all the dough onto a sheet of waxed paper and press into a flat circle. Cover with the paper or some plastic wrap and refrigerate for atleast one hour.
After an hour, remove the dough and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350*. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut-out with shapes of choice!
Re-roll the scraps until all the dough is used.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, watching to make sure that they are just brown on the edges.
Cool on pan for 2 minutes, and remove to rack until cool to tough.
Decorate with your favorite icing. **see notes.
*If you want to not use a glaze frosting, but just decorating sugars, you need to put them on before baking, or they will slide right off. I press them in a bit with the back of my hand to really make sure!
**Easy & Quick Setting Decorating Glaze:
In a large bowl, mix 1 cup confectioner sugar with 1 Tbsp. of milk.
Add in 1 Tbsp. of light corn syrup and 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract. Stir until combined. If it is too watery, add more sugar- if too thick, add more corn syrup- not milk.
Separate into small bowls, and add food coloring of choice- or keep white and add decorating sugar.
Please attribute this recipe: Show it came from hardlyagoddess.com
These will definitely not make it to my Christmas cookie plates or win any Pinterest Beauty Prizes I don’t think! But the kids had a blast making a mess…and memories, all while devouring their awesome creations. Love it.