Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies / Day Ten - Easy sugar cookies


When it's the night before your childrens christmas parties, and you realize you should send them with something, these cookies come to the rescue. I discovered them a couple years back when I didn't have time for traditional iced sugar cookies, and I think they do the trick. As mentioned before, I love when my kids are not served chocolate - strictly because chocolate is so, so, so messy. These are easy, small, and relatively easy to eat without getting half the cookie on your face.

I still can't believe it's actually christmas party time... Soren had his very first school concert last night, and we crammed into the school gym to watch his class 'sing'. Haha... watching four-year olds perform has got to be one of cutest things ever. We are all looking forward to a couple weeks at home. I'm taking a couple days off next week, as is Tyler, and we both have the week off between christmas and new years.

makes 60 smaller cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons (1 cup) butter - room temperature
3/4 granulated sugar
1/2 cup icing sugar, plus more for dusting
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 3-6 minutes. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture until combined.

Divide the dough into two balls and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about an hour, until no longer sticky. Preheat over to 325ยบ F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Working with one ball of dough at a time, roll out onto a floured counter until desired thickness (about 1/8 of an inch). Cut out cookies with your desired shape, and place on baking sheets. I could fit 15 cookies per sheet - they spread a little, but not much. Bake for 12-13 minutes, rotating sheets halfway.

Allow the cookies to cool for a couple minutes on the baking sheets, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

To 'frost' the cookies, take a sieve and sprinkle icing sugar through it, onto the cookies. Continue until your trees/cookies have the desired look you want. I like having the trees look like they are covered in snow.

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