Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Crafts | Day 8 | Cookies

Who doesn't love cookies?? K and I made some delicious sugar cookies. The dough came together pretty effortlessly, there was no time waiting around for it to chill, and when they came out of the oven...perfection!!

I found the recipe on THIS site. I am going to share the ingredients and directions here, but I highly recommend heading over to that link as soon as you can. There are bunches of great cookie recipes there!! :)

Let's get started! We gathered all of our ingredients:
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour

And then got to work following the directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in extracts and egg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
  6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
K always likes to have his own dough to play with while I am doing the hard parts. I think he could sit and play with dough all day!

Once all the dough was rolled out, we cut as many shapes as we could until there was not enough dough left to make another cookie. The extra was added to K's pile. :)

 K really enjoyed painting on all the cookies with the cookie markers!
 This one was my favorite!
 Can you tell which ones were decorated by K? :)
 At the end, we squeezed a big pile of the white frosting on to the last cookie and added some sprinkles.

 Of course, we had to do a little taste test to make sure they were good! I think they passed! What do you think?
We really enjoyed making these cookies, and we will probably be making them again soon since they were so easy!

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