Written and Recipe By: Rebecca Perkins
It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas... finally... but oh, by gosh, by golly people! I am so far behind this season... our tree is finally decorated, and the hubs (after I basically grabbed him by the britches and locked him outside) put up our Christmas lights on the house... we started decorating the tree on Friday evening as a family and I finally finished Sunday morning you know, after rearranging and repositioning all the ornaments that the kids hung up... don't pretend that you don't do the same thing ;)
We went with a small tree this year, and placed it up on top of a consol table to keep it out of the hands of the baby and the mouth of the puppy... those two by the way are thick as thieves, best buds all the way... but if I am being totally honest, holy tits can they be a handful!! I love them to death but man... its a lot of energy
But anyways, like promised I am here to share with you some of our, and your, favorite Christmas cookie recipes. And is there anything that gets you more in the holiday spirit than baking and decorating Christmas cookies while dancing to holiday tunes?
The cookie dough is extremely easy to make, but it takes a bit of patience while you let the dough chill in the fridge for a spell... but trust me my little elves, the finished product is so worth it! The cookie is buttery soft, with a slightly sweet vanilla flavor, and bonus its slathered in your favorite buttercream frosting... and topped with sprinkles
6 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1. in the bowl of a stand mixer with the flat beater attached, cream the butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes... scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed
2. add the eggs, one at a time beating until each incorporated... then add the vanilla and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined
3. add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed... then divide the dough into two sections, and flatten into rectangles then wrap with plastic wrap... chill the dough in the refrigerator overnight or at least two hours until firm
4. preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and line 2 large baking sheets with silicon mats, or parchment paper or even spray them with nonstick cooking spray, set aside
5. on a floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness... using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, or shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies and transfer to a baking sheet... bake for 7 minutes, until they are a pale golden brown... and then immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool
When the cookies are cooled, slather on a healthy amount of frosting and sprinkle on those sprinkles... then be prepared to board the tasty train
My oldest was on hand, so I let him do the sprinkling... its always fun to let the kids get involved when your baking or cooking... it always seems to bring a smile to everyone's face
I also used some of the dough to make few jam thumbprint cookies, I mean, why not...
and here's my youngest trying to sneak a sweet... little devil...
Well stay tuned friends, because on Wednesday i'll be sharing another one of our favorite holiday cookies along with some cute little DIY decor... I hope all of your halls are decked and that your days are merry and bright... and until next time... happy baking everyone!
here are some outtakes... this kid... oye, this kid!!