The Best Cutout Cookies
Another Christmas has come and gone, and I have been reflecting on some of my favorite Christmas traditions. I've decided that baking Christmas cookies is my number one favorite. This tradition has been upheld by my mother and me since I was able, and we always have a blast. Our favorite cookies to lay out for Santa are our butter cutouts. They are super easy and so fun to decorate. I've included some pictures of the process along with the finished product! Have fun!
1 lb. butter (use non-salted real butter)
1 lb. powdered sugar
2 T lemon juice
1 T cream or buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
6-7 cups of flour
What to do:
Cream butter and sugar, blend in eggs, lemon juice, and cream. Beat well! Add baking soda and flour to make very stiff dough. Chill 24 hours. Remove from refrigerator. Roll and cut with cutters. Bake at 350 degrees on greased cookie sheets for 6-8 minutes. Makes several dozen.
*Tip* We usually cut the dough into four sections and take one out of the refrigerator when we start to cut the cookies. As we start rolling them out, we use flour to keep everything from sticking.
Mix together powdered sugar, vanilla, and cream or milk to desired consistency. Add food coloring, sprinkles, etc.
*Notice* This year, we decided to undertake royal icing for our cookies to be a bit more decorative. We haven't quite mastered a technique yet, but I have included pictures of those. Usually, we use the icing recipe above and slap it on and add sprinkles. They definitely have the "homemade" look to them.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight...and good luck!