My mother and I always made iced sugar cookies for Christmas - she would bake them by the hundreds, and then we would frost and frost and frost! Sadly, she passed away several years ago, and it's been too painful to try to make these without her. This year, I decided that it was time, so I baked five dozen (more manageable amount) in batches, sticking them in the freezer as I went.
I used the Martha Stewart sugar cookie recipe, found here, but you can use any recipe and/or slice and bake dough. Just flour your your board and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch, and cut out using cookie cutters. I spent some time looking for an icing recipe that was glossy, but would dry hard. My mother's recipe used egg whites, and I didn't want to get into all that, but I finally found one that worked beautifully - you can find it here.
I made a decision not to go to the route where you outline the cookies and then flood then with royal icing...I've done that in the past, but I really wanted something that looked homemade. I used white icing for the base, and then added red and green as accent colors.
They came out really cute! I had different color sugars and sprinkles, and just had fun with it. I love the little snowmen:
I frosted the hat red and stuck a tree sprinkle in it, then did the rest white. While the white part was still wet, I dragged a toothpick with red icing through it to make the scarf. You could do this after the white was dry, but I like this look. The eyes and buttons are Wilton Black Sugar Pearls (you can get them here) and the mouth is a red sprinkle.
Some other shots:
Marbled two colors by swirling with a toothpick:
You can package these any way you want, but I did them three ways. I found the Merry Munchies bags at my drug store, and the other two boxes online.
Hope you enjoyed these cookies...they brought back some great memories for me. I'd love to hear in the comment section what you're baking for the holidays!
- Sugar Baby