“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.
Here we are, three days away from Christmas, and I am still completely baffled at how quickly it came. Maybe that’s because I had my head buried in profuse amounts of flour, sugar, butter and old family cookbooks this entire month. I truly believe we set a personal record for amounts of sweets made during the holiday season. Now if you can only imagine, spending all my spare time prepping confections for this coming weekend had me a bit crazed.
And as much as I love spending time in the kitchen, transforming sugary elements into something you can sink your teeth into, I am so glad that this week is bake free! Now I get to spend the next few days cramming in everything I love about Christmas and haven’t yet had the chance to do. Watch Christmas movies old and new, read The Polar Express next to a fire, take a walk around the neighborhood admiring the sparkle of carefully affixed Christmas lights, and exchange gifts and great laughs with dear friends. Oh, and of course, blog a traditional Christmas recipe….
When I think of Christmas, I instantly think of my Mother’s sugar cookies. When I was little, I would sit and watch her decorate them, each one a little different than the next, but all equally whimsical. They were almost too pretty to eat (The secret is the frosting. It sets so perfectly!). I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to make them on my own. In fact, during my time working for J.CREW, I never made it home for the holidays and making these sugar cookies gave me that sense of home I was missing, as small as it was. It just wouldn’t seem like Christmas to me without these brightly colored cookies. I do hope you all get a chance to make these, if not for this holiday but another, and enjoy them as much as my family does. You won’t be disappointed!
Wishing you all the best, and a very Merry Christmas!
Christmas Sugar Cookies
- • 1 cup sugar
- • 1 cup butter, softened
- • 3-0z cream cheese, softened
- • ½ tsp salt
- • ½ tsp almond extract
- • ½ tsp vanilla
- • 1 egg yolk
- • 2 ¼ cups all purpose or unbleached flour
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond extract, vanilla and egg yolk; blend well.
- Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and stir in flour until well blended. Chill dough for 2 hours
- Heat oven to 375F.
- On lightly floured surface, roll out dough, one third at a time, to about an 1/8 inch thickness, or a little more.
- Cut into desired shaped with lightly floured cookie cutters.
- Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
- Cool completely. Frost and decorate as desired.
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 6 tsp milk (may need to add more if needed)
- 2 ½ tbsp light corn syrup
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp almond extract
- Mix all ingredients together until desired consistency.
- Separate in small bowls and add desired food coloring, based on that you need for decorating.
- Place in small Ziplock bag with. Cut small hole at the corner and use to pipe frosting for more detailed decorating.