Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Day 12 of 12 Christmas Countdown: Sugar Cookies

It's the day that we have all been waiting for...MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope you guys are spending time with your loved ones and please...no one should be alone on Christmas! I decided to post sugar cookies that I have made because it is for on of those last minute things that you might have to prepare for the family. And these scrumptious cookies are perfect for it! For the royal icing recipe, because I do not like using meringue powder, I went online and searched a recipe that doesn't use it and it drys equally as quick as a normal royal icing recipe!  Happy Holidays! Follow me on this blog for more blog updates and please leave a comment is desired. Enjoy! :)

For the Cookies:
1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
2 ½ cup sifted flour
For the Easy Royal Icing:
1 cup powder sugar
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1-2 tbsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (or almond, orange, maple, butter, lemon extracts etc.)
1-2 drops food color (optional)
  1. Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. 
  2. Chill dough for 1 hour until firm. 
  3. Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. 
  4. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should be slightly golden brown at the sides and sturdy at the touch. Cool completely then frost
  5. To make Royal Icing: Combine all the ingredients together until smooth with a spoon. For each different colors, add to a regular size zip block bag, seal, and cut a hole at the tip of the bag. Frost and get creative!   
Yields ~40 cookies.

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