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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Cookies | Sugar Cookies

As I'm preparing for my Holiday Christmas Cookie Brunch Workshop next week, I'd thought I'd share my tried and true, favorite recipe.  This is the same recipe my mom used when my sister and I were growing up, decorating sugar cookies for each and every holiday.  The dough is incredible to snack on!

Deluxe Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookie Recipe

2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of cream of tarter
1 tsp of baking soda
1 egg

In your Kitchen Aid fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter and powdered sugar.  Add Flour, vanilla, cream of tarter, soda, and egg.  On slow, stir together ingredients just until combined.  Turn the dough out onto a floured board and wrap it with plastic wrap.  Let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.  
Unwrap the dough and put it on a floured board.  Be sure to flour the rollin pin, as well. 
Roll out dough until 1/4 inch thick. 
Cut shapes.   Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.  

Bake for 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees just until the edges begin to turn brown - baking time will depend on size and thickness of the cookie.  
Utilize scraps of dough by making them into a ball and re-rolling them and cutting shapes.

Royal Icing

3 egg whites
4 cups of powdered sugar

In the Kitchen Aid fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until almost frothy.  Add in the powdered sugar and whisk on slow until smooth.  You may need to add more or less powdered sugar or water to achieve desired thickness.  For sugar cookies, you want the icing to be thin enough that it will fall back on itself and smooth itself out, but not too thin so it will run off of the cookie.

Good colors are so important to making professional looking sugar cookies.  Here are my tips :

Red : When making red you need to use a lot of food coloring.  I also add orange to the red to make it less pink.  Add just a touch of green to the red to make it less electric.

Green : I add a little bit of yellow and orange to green to make it more of a natural green.  For christmas, I like to use two shades of green - light and dark. 

Blue : I add a little bit of yellow and orange to blue to make it softer.  It is a more sophisticated looking blue.


  1. The cookies are beautiful! Thank you for the tip on the powder sugar. I have aways used Domino and have never had a bad experience.

  2. Do you use all of the starter mix with the Deluxe Sugar Cookie Recipe?????????????????Please answer soon. Kind of in a quandary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Jenny7:25 AM

    Yes- to make the recipe you need to use an entire batch of the cookie starter along with the additional ingredients I've included in the Jenny's Deluxe Sugar Cookies Recipe.

    Send me an email with photos of your cookies!

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  5. Yum! Do you have a royal icing recipe?

    1. I've just updated the recipe with the icing recipe!

  6. I'd love the icing recipe also. Your cookies look gorgeous!

  7. i am so confused. in the comments there are references to cookie dough starter. i have read and re-read your post but see nothing about starter.......or icing? what am i missing?

    1. Jenny3:54 PM

      Sorry - I re-used this post from last year, but have updated it with my original recipe! Sorry for the confusion!


  8. You put Martha Stewart to shame! Your blog is simply adorable!

  9. Do you mind sharing where did you get this snowflake cookie cutter? Thanks!

  10. I ordered it from Martha Stewart 15 years ago! It is a brass one - one of the oldest I have... still love it!

    1. Whohaa... 15 years ago .. May be i will find something in a similar shape,

  11. By the way, is it important to use icing coloring that they sell in baking isle of Michael's or any regular food coloring would work?

    1. I really do prefer using the professional colorings like they sell at Michaels - the colors are more true!

  12. Anonymous3:46 PM

    I love it.. great recipe but everyone doesnt have a kitchen aid.. hmm some dont currently have a mixer. wonder if one can stir by hand like the olden days. sigh

  13. This was a wonderful recipe my boys and I used to make Easter cookies last weekend. Needless to say, mine weren't quite as pretty (but practice makes perfect), but we enjoyed baking and decorating them. My mom noted that they weren't overly sweet and were just perfect with a cup of tea. I know we'll turn to this recipe again! Thank you!

  14. What kind of butter? Salted or unsalted.

  15. These are so good and super easy. Thank you!

  16. These cookies are marvelous. Made them for my friend's birthday and they were to die for, i even stole a couple for myself ;) Would definitely recommend and definitely making again


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