Super simple & delicious sugar cookies recipe for the holidays! Continue reading below.
Every year I say “well this is the year I’m finally gonna make some cute, decorated sugar cookies for Christmas” and for at least 3 years I don’t. I don’t know, when I’d see someone made these, they always seemed so frigging pretty, which made me think that it took like some special skill or whatever, not to mention a lot of time. Social Media – making things look intimidatingly prettier since the early 2000s haha. And so, I’d always decide that “well, you know, maybe next year, we’ll see…”. Well, this year we’re seeing sugar cookies all right!
And you know what? These were not that hard to make at all! And yes, decorating them was a little tricky for first-timers, but I think we did a pretty darn good job here. I mean, other people tried them & said they were delicious, and nobody threatened their lives you know (that I know of… haha). In case you were
So, let’s see how can you make super easy + delicious sugar cookies this Christmas.
Christmas Sugar Cookies Recipe.
When making the sugar cookies I followed this recipe by A Beautiful Mess (it includes a royal icing recipe).
Ingredients for the Sugar Cookies.
– 1 Egg
– 1 Cup (300 grams) Butter (softened)
– 1 Cup Powdered Sugar (sifted)
– 2 1/2 Cups Flour
– 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
– 1 Teaspoon Salt
Making the Sugar Cookies.
1. Mix together the softened butter and the powdered sugar.
2. Once it’s all nicely blended, add the egg and the vanilla extract. Mix all these together, making sure everything’s well combined.
3. Add the flour and the salt, mix it all up.
4. By using your hands, give the dough a round shape, and put it in a plastic bag. I let it stay the night in the fridge when I first tried making the sugar cookies, and it was just fine. I took the dough out of the fridge the next day and let it sit to room temperature because it was to hard to handle haha because of the all-nighter in the fridge (so it may need to stay couple of hours on room temperature to get soft). You don’t need to wait the whole night tho, let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so, until it’s thick enough to work with.
5. By using a rolling pin spread the dough on a table previously sprinkled with some flour. Roll the dough so that it’s somewhere in between 0.5 cm and 1 cm. By using differently shaped cookie cutters, cut your sugar cookies.
5. Bake on 180 C until the sugar cookies get that pretty gold brown look (on the edges).
As for the Royal Icing…
There is a royal icing recipe on A Beautiful Mess’ post, but I asked my friend who owns the prettiest cake shop with the prettiest cakes, and cookies, and stuff in town, fuck, in the world (all my friends are the best!). So I obviously listened to this guy.
Let’s see how to make it.
– 2 Large egg whites
– 3 Cups (330 gr) Powdered Sugar (sifted)
– Limontus (Citric Acid) – they put this so that it enriches the flavor, but also make the icing firm | the other recipe used fresh lemon juice
1. Mix the egg whites and the powdered sugar. When all nicely combined add the citric acid. My friends’ instructed me to put half a bag for
2 eggs. We put the citric acid (or fresh lemon juice) to give the icing a sour taste, but even more importantly it’s what makes the icing dense and hard.
3. If you want to make different colors, just divide the icing in separate bowls, and color each in the color of your choosing.
4. Royal icing thickens quickly, but not as quickly as I thought. As someone who tried this the first time, I think I was freaking out a little about the fact that the icing thickens quick and that I have very little time (I thought like seconds haha) to decorate my cookies until it all goes bad. My sister was like “Dude, chill, please. It can’t be that quick!”. And I mean it did get thicker fairly quick. But it only makes it harder to spread it evenly on the cookies after awhile, and they may not look perfect or whatever, but it’s not impossible to work with. So, if that’s something that intimidates you, don’t worry, it’s figure-outable, as Marie Forleo said.
So, fill your piping bags or squeeze bottles with the royal icing (oh man, there are several different way this sentence can go haha), and start decorating your cookies! Play around with colors, sprinkles and stuff. We kept it simple since it was out first time, and because I was freaking out remember haha. Still love how these turned out tho!
FULL DISCLOSURE | Even though decorating the sugar cookies with royal icing is so much fun + turns cookies into little pieces of art, I liked them better with just some powdered sugar sprinkled on top of them.
Are you trying this sugar cookies? Or you have your own recipe that you’d like to share with us here? Hit comments, I’d love to try out something different!
Also, if you wanna take sugar cookies making to the next level, invite some friends over, put on some Christmas movies and have some holiday fun. Uh, uh another idea. Make it a whole day + sleepover with some fun Christmas DIY ideas!
To Spread some Sweet Christmas Cheer, PIN the Sugar Cookies!