I love to bake cookies for Christmas. I usually bake around seven different kinds. Well one year it was 14 different kinds, I know I was CRAZY! I'm going to start the baking this Sunday after church, and everyone here will help me! The kitchen will be a mess, there will be flour and sprinkles everywhere, but that's the way to bake cookies with kids, and I kind of wish it wouldn't get so messy, but it's an easy cleanup. I make Christmas Cutout Cookies every year for Christmas. This recipe is from my Mother-in-law, and it's the the best Cutout Cookie in the world. At first the dough looks crumby when putting it together, but then you work it, and it really comes together very nice. The dough has to be chilled, and when it comes out of the frig, it's really cold, but working it with your hands will make it easier. These cookies come out crispy, they are not a "soft sugar cookie", and they are very sweet so you wouldn't frost them with icing, that's a different kind of cutout cookie. Try them you will LOVE them!
Hint - I mix all my cookies with my Kitchen Aid Mixer, never by hand, so much easier, and faster! I remember the old days baking with my Mom, we would mix all the cookies by hand, my hand got tired from mixing some stiff doughs.... And I usually mix up about 3 different kinds of cookie doughs at a time, wrap them with plastic wrap, label, and put them in the frig until we are ready to use them, and it could be like 2 days later!
Christmas Cutout Cookies
This recipe has been doubled, but I usually triple it for when I make them!
1 cup butter (Softened - NOT MELTED!)
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs and 1 TBS water mix in a bowl for eggwash
Cream butter, then add sugar, and mix until creamy. Add eggs, and beat until fluffy, add vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix with a whisk to combine, and add slowly to the butter mixture and mix until all combined. Take dough out of mixing bowl and shape in a disk and wrap in plastic wrap, label and chill in the frig for about 3 hours.
Take dough out of frig and working with a floured surface, take a piece off the disk and work it with your hands, it may be crumbly, keep working it, and make sure there is flour on your rolling pin and surface and roll out, not too thin, but not thick, and making sure the dough doesn't stick. Then choose your cookie cutters, and start cutting out the cookies, re roll the dough and continue the process adding more dough to it. Brush each cookie with egg wash and whatever kind of sprinkles you wish.
|Rolling out the cookie dough|
|My hubby and Davey rolling out the cookie dough|
Put the cookies on a greased cookie sheet, and bake in the oven at 350 for 12 -18 minutes. I like to chill the cookies right on the cookie sheets before they go into the oven, the shapes hold better. Make sure to rotate your cookie sheets, so they cook evenly, the bottom rack will brown the bottom of the cookies and top rack will brown the top of the cookie.
Take out of the oven when they are light brown and transfer to a rack.
|Not the best picture, but ME BAKING COOKIES!!!|
If you want to "paint" your cookies, you can add food coloring to the eggwash....just add a couple drops to 1 cracked egg and 1 tsp water, and color, I usually crack 4 eggs in 4 different bowls, and color each bowl with a different food color, this is great "food coloring paint" and fun for the kids too, and the cookies come out looking so pretty! But you PAINT before you BAKE!!! Then add sprinkles and BAKE!!!! The cookies will come out of the oven with a "painted finish" so pretty!
|Mix each egg with a different food color.....mix it up and start painting then BAKE!!!|
|Use your imagination! Happy Baking!!!!!|