Every Christmas I bake these sugar cookies. Every Christmas my husband belts out George Strait’s Christmas Cookies. I guess you could say both are traditions in our home.
I inherited this recipe from my husband’s family and they are the best sugar cookies I have ever tasted. Crisp and buttery on the edges, soft and sweet in the middle. Sugar cookie perfection.
This year, I thought it’d be fun to get my toddler involved in our cookie baking tradition.
Hey, Elly, do you want to help me make cookie dough?
El, let’s cut out the sugar cookies!
No tanks, Mama.
Elly Bean, let’s decorate the sugar cookies!
No, I playing.
Hmm. This wasn’t quite working out like I’d expected. I was bending over backward to make this happen, even using my this-is-going-to-be-so-fun! voice. Before visions of creating a new Christmas tradition all but disappeared, I remembered I was still holding the wild card: sprinkles. That did the trick.
We frosted and sprinkled to our hearts content, making a huge mess and great memories.
Roll & Cut Sugar Cookies
1 ¼ cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
½ cup milk
1 t. vanilla extract
5 cups flour
1 t. salt
4 t. baking powder
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract and mix well.
- Add the flour, salt, and baking powder, stirring until combined.
- Chill dough. Roll to ¼” thickness and cut into desired shapes.
- Transfer to ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges.
- Cool. Frost or glaze.
These cookies are the perfect sweet treat to serve around the holidays, but they are also great for…
Packing and giving as a gift or selling at a bake sale. These clear, plastic bags are inexpensive and perfect for packaging stacks of cookies. Just change the ribbon to fit the occasion!
Valentine’s Day or other special days. My mother-in-law used to bake and frost a big batch of these on her kids’ birthdays. She would bring them into the classroom with the names of all the kids in the class piped with frosting on the top. If that wouldn’t make you the most popular
mom kid at school, I don’t know what would!
Or just a sweet treat on a rainy Tuesday afternoon. Works for me.
If you’re looking for a frosting recipe, we have a delicious cream cheese frosting recipe listed here or a dairy-free vanilla frosting listed here.
I have never been a fan of rolling out dough. It can feel so time consuming and labor intensive. I love the end product, but I hate the tedious process. I kind of move around my kitchen like a small hurricane, lots of speed and multi-tasking, very little finesse and fuss.
Then my sister bought me this French Rolling Pin a year ago, and I absolutely love it. Something about it makes rolling out dough a pleasure instead of a pain. It’s smooth, lightweight, and easy to use: the perfect rolling pin. It is definitely one of those kitchen tools that I now look forward to pulling out of the drawer and putting to use. The simple design is both beautiful and useful. It is ranked #1 in Amazon rolling pins and priced really well!
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I too would like your frosting recipe. I tend to end up with frosted cookies that stick together because the frosting never hardens.
Can you share the frosting recipe too?
How about your frosting recipe as well!
I make a gazillion cookies each year during the Christmas season because we have a small tree farm operation and we serve complimentary cookies and cocoa to our weekend customers. If the idea of “cut-out” cookies seems too daunting or time consuming, I suggest “Cotton Candy” (just google the recipe) cookies instead. They are a”drop” sugar cookie that melts in your mouth. You can sprinkle them before you bake or frost (I make the standard butter cream frosting recipe), then sprinkle with a variety of sprinkles. They look festive and are delicious. You can make the dough in advance, refrigerate and make a fresh sheet of cookies as needed. I make the frosting in advance and refrigerate it until I need it too (I use a bag with a tip or just spread it on the still slightlynwarm cookies). Be sure not to wait too long to sprinkle after you frost or the sprinkles won’t stick very well.
Caitlin Lopez says
I love making caramels for christmas! This recipe is great!
awesome! thanks for sharing!!
We started a new tradition this year by inviting my 8 year old’s friends over, on the last day of school before the Christmas break, for a cookie decorating party. We baked 8 dozen cookies (each girl decorated a dozen to keep + 2 dozen to just munch on while working!) On the invite we encouraged each child to bring their favorite apron and sprinkles to share. We had a blast! It was work getting all of the cookies made, but it was wonderful to see my little one’s smile while having some fun in the kitchen!
Thanks for the recipe! I tried a sugar cookie recipe last week, and it ended up very sticky and messy so they didn’t turn out very pretty (Although I still ate all of them! Who can resist cookies when they are 39 weeks pregnant! 🙂 )
Looks like fun, I’m gonna try the recipe with my almost 3yr. old son. From the pic it seems your daughter likes to hangout without pants just like my son. hahaha