We have fun making sugar cookies for each big holiday, and I love letting the kids have fun cutting the shapes out and decorating how they want.
These photos are obviously not a professional sugar cookie decorator, like what you’d find at your supermarket bakery, but they are fun and made with love and taste amazing!
D-Man and RiRi decorated most of them, with a few done by myself. I think they came out adorable!
We made our own cookie mix, as well as our own icing. The sprinkles we bought, as well as some glitter gels. This made for a fun, and very messy evening, but the kids love it and this is where priceless memories are made!
Sugar Cookie Dough:
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup confectioners (or powdered) sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup (if you don’t have light corn syrup, you can make it with 1-1/4 cups sugar + 1/3 cup water. Boiled together until syrupy. Use quickly before it hardens!)
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
|Cream together the sugar with your butter or margarine.
I go into more detail here, if you need help with this.
|Once creamed, add your eggs and vanilla until blended well.|
|In a separate bowl, combine your dry ingredients. Flour, baking powder and salt.|
|Add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined.|
|Now, once dough is all mixed together place in a tupperware or airtight container and refrigerate at least one hour. I refrigerated overnight.|
|Keep the cookie cutters in place, and remove the dough around them. This is the easiest way to ensure your cookies will hold shape as you cut them all out.|
|Add the remaining dough that you just removed to your next batch to unroll and continue cutting out cookies until all dough has been used.|
|Place all your cookies on a baking sheet lined in foil, and bake for 6-8 minutes.
They are done when the edges just start to get a little golden!
|Now start decorating! Get creative with it, and it’s ok if they aren’t perfect because they taste great!|
|This recipe makes about 30 cookies, but you can double it and have yourself a cookie decorating party!
Ours got a bit messy, I had powdered sugar everywhere, but it was so fun!