Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies

I have to admit, most of the time when I bake cookies I use the usual Betty Crocker mix where you just have to add an egg and some butter (ugh guilty!) But this year I decided to try to bake from scratch for the holidays. That being said, I was a little bit nervous to see how these sugar cookies would come out. I searched on Pinterest to see which recipe I should follow. I have to say I’m pretty happy with the one that I found (and so are the people that got to taste them!)img_6212img_6214img_6216

Thank you Ashley from Its-Fitting.com for posting this yummy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Butter (I use salted but it’s a personal preference)
  • 1 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Directions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients. Add those slowly to the egg mixture and mix well until dough forms up. Don’t over beat!
  2. Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap and chill at LEAST 3hours. This step is crucial because with SO much butter in the cookies, they are going to fall apart if too soft. The hazards of baking with butter I guess.
  3. Flour a board or counter top LIBERALLY and roll out your cookies. If you are planning on making lollipop or flower cookies, make sure they are at least 1/4 of an inch thick to hold the sticks. If you are just doing holiday cookies, you can roll them out a little bit thinner… but if you like thick cookies? Knock your socks off.
    *NOTE* Some people are finding that the cookies are too soft when they go to roll them out. If this is the case for you, make sure to LIBERALLY flour the board. The dough will pick up the extra flour and give it a little more body. Or just work in a few more tablespoons of flour into the dough! *
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them because you want them to JUST start getting golden around the edges, but not completely brown. I let them sit for a minute or two to set up on the hot tray before transferring them to a rack to cool.
  5. Time to decorate! I decided to use a Christmas tree cookie cutter, so I decorated them with green vanilla icing. I use a simple frosting recipe of a heap ton of powdered sugar in my mixer, then adding milk until the frosting is the consistency I’d like. Super technical, right?
  6. NOTE *** If you find that your cookies are losing their shape when you cook them, your dough is a little too warm. Put them on the cookie sheet then pop them back in the fridge for a few minutes. **

 

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

xoxo