Holiday Sugar Cookies

It’s Christmas Eve! Know what that means? Time to make some cookies for Santa.

Mom and I made these sugar cookies together tonight, but we kind of struggled with them. Our kitchen gets really hot when the oven is on, and since there is so much butter in the dough, it made them sticky pretty quick. So, word of warning, if your kitchen has the same problems I would roll out the cookie dough in small batches. Otherwise you will have to keep putting the dough back in the refrigerator to let it harden some. Now that that’s out of the way, time for the ingredients! This recipe came from a Cookie Collection cookbook and was listed under the “All-Time Favorites” section.

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Colored sprinkles or sugar for decorating (optional)

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Beat the softened butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy.

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Add the egg and beat until fluffy.

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Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt until it’s well blended. Form the dough into a ball, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about two hours, or until firm. Alternately, you could also wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and flatten it before refrigerating, but I tend to do things the hard way. I’ve always been hard-headed.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Make sure you also lightly flour the rolling pin so it doesn’t tear the dough up when you’re rolling it out.

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Cut out the cookies with cookie cutters of your choice. Sprinkle them with your sprinkles or sugar and transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Mom and I chose to put some parchment paper on our baking sheets because it made cleaning up a lot easier. As you can see below, some of the shapes are a bit warped because of how warm it was in the kitchen. Their shape certainly doesn’t take away from the taste!

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Bake 7-9 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Let the cookies stand on the sheet for a minute then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Or, if you’re feeling particularly daring, you could just pop the warm cookie right into your mouth! If anyone happens to see you sneaking a cookie before they’re cool, just do what I do: “What? No, I wasn’t eating a cookie! You’re seeing things”.

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I know Santa will enjoy these cookies tonight with some milk and I’m sure you and your family or friends will as well. Merry Christmas!!

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