A traditional Christmas treat — really good sugar cookies

I haven’t made sugar cookies in a while, but a new recipe in the paper made me hungry for them.  Now, that is not to say that I MADE the recipe from the newspaper, it just inspired me to make a great recipe I already had.  But I do think I improved on the old recipe, by using a thin frosting that was in the newspaper article, rather than the thick buttery frosting I used to use.

I have painted these cookies before and that was fun and gave a different look, but those just can’t match the great taste of a frosted sugar cookie to me.

Painted Powdered Sugar Cookies


1 1/2 C. sifted powdered sugar

1 C. butter (2 sticks), softened

1 egg

1 t. vanilla extract

1/2 t. almond extract

2 1/2 C. flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. cream of tartar

Cream sugar and butter.  Add egg and flavors.  Blend dry ingredients and add.  Refrigerate dough in a slightly flattened ball either in a large baggie or wrapped in plastic wrap.

Roll out a quarter of the dough at a time to keep from making it “tough” because of too much re-rolling.  If you plan to paint the cookies, do so and lightly sugar before baking.

Egg Yolk Paint:  Blend 1 egg yolk and 1/4 t. water.  Divide among cups and add food coloring.

Or leave them plain to bake, and then frost when cool, which is what I did this time.

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes.

When the cookies were cool, I frosted them with the following frosting, which I added just a little more milk to to make it fairly thin.

White Almond Frosting

Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar, 4 t. of  milk and 1/4 t. almond extract until smooth.

One idea I had that worked pretty well:  Since the only Christmas cookie cutter I could find was the holly leaf (I cut the others with a drinking glass), I used a butter knife to spread the icing on the holly leaves.  It made it easier to get the frosting out on the points of the leaf.

After I frosted each cookie, I immediately sprinkled it with colored sugar, and I added some “holly and berries” sprinkles to the leaves.  Note: This amount of frosting didn’t quite ice the whole batch of cookies, I had to make just a little bit more.

Hubby and I thoroughly enjoyed these with a glass of  milk, bringing back great memories from long ago Christmases.

9 Responses to A traditional Christmas treat — really good sugar cookies

  1. Linda says:

    Oh, those do look good. I love a good sugar cookie. But I have to say I’m partial to the thick buttery frosting. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Ahhh, Linda, but THIS frosting makes me feel more like these are LIGHT!! You, know — DIET sugar cookies! 🙂

  3. Hilary says:

    Those look just too delicious. I don’t dare! 😉

  4. Sandra says:

    I know, Hilary. Once you get started … I know this because they’re gone now! DD and her girls will be here Saturday, so I’m really having to resist making another batch “for them”. I know they would enjoy them … if there were any left by the time they got here. I love this season for many reasons, but the food is my DOWNFALL!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Those sure look delicious…..IF you do make more you have my address!!!!!! YUMMMM….
    Merry Christmas and enjoy your time with your family.
    See you soon. 🙂

  6. Sandra says:

    Yeeeessss, Cheryl. I DO have your address. And if we have any “leftovers” I’ll get them right over to you. 🙂

  7. Suldog says:

    Oh! You just reminded me of something I have NOT had yet this year, and that is a sugar cookie! I’ll have to search for one now…

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Nezzy says:

    Mmmmm, it was a tradition in our house growin’ up that Mom and I would bake and decorate beautiful sugar cookies and hang ’em on the tree. Yours look marvelous sweetie!

    God bless and have a very blessed and Merry Christmas filled with friends, family and fudge baby, heaps of delicious rich fudge!!! :o)

  9. Sandra says:

    Suldog — I’d send you some, but (burp) I don’t have any any more. 🙂

    Nezzy — I have fond memories of baking them with my Mom too. Re. fudge, the kind I made this year was white chocolate with macadamia nuts, orange and cranberries. Delicious, but very different.

    Merry Christmas to you too, friend. 😉

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