Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cookies for Santa

We made cookies for Santa as a family Christmas Eve afternoon. I thought I would share some photos as well as the recipes we used.

Sugar Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
5 1/2 c. flour

In mixer, cream butter and sugar, and then add eggs and vanilla. Add sour cream. Combine salt, soda, and flour, and add to mixture. Roll out on floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick.

Use a spatula to carefully slide under each cookie and place onto greased (with Pam) parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes. 

**They will not look done! But DON'T give in to your temptation to cook "just a little bit longer" or you will get crunchy cookies instead of soft, pillow-like cookies. They are still very pale and have no browning anywhere. If you have a golden brown color along the edges then you have baked them to long.**

Wait about 5 minutes and then transfer carefully to a cooling rack. If you wait longer they will get soggy on the bottom and sometimes get stuck to the parchment paper. Let cool before icing.

Buttercream Frosting
1/2 c. butter, softened
4 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 - 1/3 c. milk

In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Beat in sugar and vanilla until crumbly. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency. Add desired food coloring.

Here are a few pictures from our cookie fun today! 
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Best wishes for a Happy New Year!



My youngest nephew, Cooper, is 2 1/2 years old. He iced one cookie and then we found him taking a bite out of the cookies on the cooling rack in front of him!


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