Simple Steps to Turn an Average Sugar Cookie Into a Delicious Dessert
Baking is a fun tradition that many families share around Christmas. You might make Christmas cookies for the neighbors, for your family, or simply for yourself. If you are looking for some new Christmas cookie decorating ideas, you have come to the right place, but before you can decorate them, you will need to make them.
Making Sugar Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups softened butter
- 2 cups of white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 5 cups of flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
Cream together the butter and white sugar until smooth. Next, beat in the eggs and vanilla until mixed thoroughly. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.
Cover and chill the cookie dough for at least an hour. When the dough is chilled, roll it out on a floured surface until it is 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick.
Cut the dough into the desired Christmas shape either with a cookie cutter, or freehand. See below for cookie cutter ideas. Put the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet, approximately 1″ apart. Bake at 400° F for 6 to 8 minutes and let them cool before decorating your cookies.
Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas
The Snowflake Design (Use a snowflake cookie cutter in the process above).
- Purchase or make your favorite white icing.
- Put the icing either in a pastry bag or in a sandwich bag with one corner cut off about 1/8″ in from the tip.
- Pipe the icing in a snowflake pattern on the top of the cookies.
- Sprinkle edible sparkles on the wet icing.
The Reindeer Design (Use an oval cookie cutter in the baking process).
- Cut out the cookies into an oval shape using an oval cookie cutter.
- Before baking the cookies, stick two mini pretzels on each side of the reindeer’s oval “head”.
- Immediately after baking the cookies (while they are still hot), push mini M&M’s into the front to create two eyes and a nose. Use a red M&M for Rudolph.
The Christmas Tree Design (Use a round cookie cutter in the baking process).
- Make a batch of your favorite white butter cream frosting recipe.
- Spread a layer of white butter cream frosting on each cookie.
- Before the icing dries, you’re going to build your Christmas tree design from the bottom up.
- Using mini M&M’s, place one brown candy at the bottom for the trunk. Just above that, create a triangle pattern out of green candy pieces, with a row of three, then a row of two, then one. Add one yellow candy piece to the top to make the shining star.
The Gingerbread Man Design (use a gingerbread man cookie cutter in the baking process).
- Frost the entire front of the cookie with your favorite white butter cream frosting.
- Use candy pieces to decorate the gingerbread man. Add licorice pieces for his collar and cuffs. Use mini M&M’s for his buttons, eyes, and nose. Put a gumdrop on the tip of his hat. Get creative and make your gingerbread man an original.
Another Christmas Tree Design (Use a pine tree cookie cutter during the baking process).
- Melt white chocolate.
- Add green paste food coloring until it is your desired Christmas green.
- Dip the left half of the trees in the chocolate, leaving the entire right side undecorated.
- While the chocolate is still warm and wet, shake on some sprinkles to look like ornaments.