Baking Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies
We had a lot of fun this past week making Christmas Cookies and Caramel Corn with the twins!  Now that they are 5 they take great pride in their cookie decorating being quite careful to place each sprinkle in just the right spot for the best eating!

Spy decorates cookies.
Decorating Christmas Cookies in your PJ's is good.
Jack was still dressed as a spy while he helped but Sam was quite happy just enjoying a pajama day!

This is an old recipe we have used for many years for a simple cut out cookie to decorate whatever the occasion may be!  

Ingredients for Rolled and Cut Out Sugar Cookies:

2 C. flour sifted
1/2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/2 C. room temperature butter (one stick)
3/4 C. sugar
1/4 t. fresh grated nutmeg
1 egg
1 T. milk

Sift and set aside the dry ingredients.  Cream fats and sugar until fluffy and add egg and milk.  Blend well.  Gradually add the flour beating well.  Gather the dough into a ball and wrap well in plastic then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Roll the dough on a flowered board to about 1/4" thick and cut with floured cutters.  Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes.  Makes 2-3 dozen cookies depending on the size cookie cutters you use.  Cool completely before frosting.

Ingredients for Cookie Frosting:

2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. soft butter
3 T. cream
1/2 t. vanilla

Beat these ingredients together well adding droplets of additional cream until you reach the desired consistency.  Frost cold cookies and decorate with sprinkles before the icing hardens.   You may also want to tint the frosting with food color as desired.
After tasting cookies and playing in the snow mittens were left drying in front of the fire.  It was a good day.

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