Christmas Cookies!

Last week my friend and I had our "kids" decorate cookies together.  Ok, my friend and I decorated the cookies but the kids helped a little!  But the cookies turned out really good and they had fun with the handful of cookies they actually did decorate.

Today I'm going to share with you two recipes, one of which is seriously AMAZING!  First is a Ginger bread recipe that I snagged off of Allrecipes.com.

Gingerbread Men

  • 1 package of butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/2 butter
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg (I added the nutmeg because I LOVE nutmeg!)

Cream the pudding mix, butter, and sugar together.  Stir in the egg.  Make a dry mix of the flour, baking soda, and spices then add to the wet mix and stir till combined.

I left my dough in the fridge overnight and it was perfect!  I rolled out the dough on the countertop dusted in flour and then cut out the ginger men and baked in the 350 oven for 8 -12 minutes.

Now, drum roll please!  Seriously these are like THE BEST SUGAR COOKIE you will ever have!

Leslee's Sugar Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup flour (I used cake flour and I added about another 1/3 cup since I was making shapes from the dough)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • OPTIONAL: I added a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg because that's how I roll!

Cream the butter, shortening, and sugar together.  In a seperate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.  Once the butter/shortening/sugar mixture is smooth add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.  Then slowly add the dry mix.  Once well mixed, lay out a large piece of Saran wrap and put about 1/2 cup of sugar on the Saran wrap.  Coat your ball of dough in the sugar and wrap up.  Put it in the fridge for 1 hour or let it sit overnight.

When you want to start making the cookies just sprinkle some flour on your countertop and roll out the dough till it's about 1/4 inch thick and cut out the shapes.  And bake in the 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

If you are just wanting regular round cookies then roll the dough into 1 inch round balls and then roll in some sugar and place on the cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool on cookie sheets and decorate when all cooled.

For our cookies we used two icings, a buttercream that hardens and a thinner more decorating icing.

Buttercream Cookie icing

Simply mix 1/4 cup butter, a dash of heavy whipping cream, and enough powdered sugar to thoroughly thicken the mixture so it will harden.

Now, the buttercream does not harden as much as the next but it's just so yummy I can't resist!

Decorator Cookie icing

Mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tsp milk, 2 tsp light corn syrup, dash of vanilla extract, and a dash of almond extract till it's a nice thick, smooth consistency.  Then add your food coloring and decorate!

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