Introduction: Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe
When December comes around, I like to hit the ground running and start baking Christmas cookies. I wait in anticipation every year for winter to come around, I love summer but winter is different. You are really limited on outdoor activities so I like to focus my attention indoors and start baking and making my house smell and look cozy. I couldn't wait to start making these Christmas Sugar Cookies, it has simple ingredients that work together incredibly well to make for such a simple yet sophisticated cookie. Perfect to decorate with your family and friends and share incredible memories together. If you want to learn how the make these Christmas Sugar Cookies, follow along step by step as I walk you through or you can watch the video. Let's go!
Step 1: Ingredients
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup good quality unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
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Step 2: Whisk Dry Ingredients
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together.
Step 3: Cream Butter and Sugar
In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the room temperature butter and sugar together on high speed until combined.
Step 4: Add Egg, Vanilla, and Almond Extract
Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on high speed until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed and beat again.
Step 5: Add Dry Ingredients to Wet
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and using a rubber spatula incorporate the dry ingredients to the wet until just combined.
Step 6: Beat With a Hand Mixer
Then use the hand mixer to combine everything cohesively (the dough should stay together once pinched). Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Cover with plastic wrap and form into a flat disk, refrigerate overnight.
Step 7: Flour Work Surface
The next day preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon mat. Remove the disks from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Flour work surface and rolling pin.
Step 8: Roll Out Dough
Roll dough out to ¼ inch thick, make sure there is flour on the bottom of dough, so it doesn’t stick to your work surface. If dough cracks on the edges just pinch them back together.
Step 9: Cut Into Shapes
Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes. Re-roll remained dough and cut into shapes. Arrange cookies on baking sheets, make sure the cookies are not touching.
Step 10: Bake
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4-7 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
Step 11: Decorate
I like the place my cooled cookies on a parchment paper to decorate them, this allows for easy clean up. I have a recipe up on how to make royal icing if you want to make your own.
Step 12: Enjoy!
Enjoy this lovely time of year with all your loved ones while making and eating cookies!
Step 13: Video Tutorial
If you prefer a video tutorial, you can watch it here!
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