I cannot believe Christmas Eve is TOMORROW! Every year my best friend Lauren and I have a baking day where we bake Christmas treats, listen to Christmas music, and soak in the holiday season. This year we decided to make sugar cookies and decorate them to the best of our abilities… Lauren is actually really good at cookie decorating and this is a recipe she uses very often. What I like about this recipe is that it actually tastes really good! Some decorative sugar cookies look really cute, but taste like cardboard. Lauren found this recipe from a food blogger Bake at 350. I want to call her a “cookie blogger” because she literally blogs about cookie baking and decorating! I will leave the recipe and a couple pictures of the process below. Also, I linked some of my Mackenzie Childs pieces in my kitchen. I collect her stuff and am completely obsessed with the black and white checkered pattern! I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!
Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies
3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar (I use sugar that I’ve stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold & cut into chunks
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.
The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling (video on University of Cookie).
Roll on a floured surface to about 1/4″ to 3/8″ thick, and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut out shape on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
*These cookie cutters are from Hobby Lobby
Oops… I broke one of the snowflakes.
I hope y’all enjoyed this blog post, and remember you can use this recipe for any type of cookie decorating! Just refer to Bake 350 blog for some inspiration and instructions. These cookies are a lot of work, but are so worth it! So invite your friends over for some wine & cookie decorating 🙂
P.S. I have added pictures of Lauren’s cookies she has made me in the past. She made the diamond ring cookies when I got engaged, and these super cute lingerie cookies for my bachelorette party! I always tell her she needs to have a little side business making cookies for people because she is actually really good at it!