Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Holiday Sugar Cookies

These cookies just speak holiday to me. I love the simplicity of them, but you can decorate them any way you please. Things have been so busy for me of late...I am trying to get over yet another cold so I have not posted here for a while now...
when I look at these cookies...I find myself more in the mood for the holidays!
Sugar Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart

1/2 cup butter, room temp.
1 cup sugar
1 egg, room temp.
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together.

In bowl of electric mixer, cream butter with sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.

Slowly add dry ingredients using low speed until just blended (do not over mix). Gather the dough and form into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 2 hours (dough can also be frozen for later use). Roll on lightly floured surface to a scant 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes and place on prepared sheets. Chill again for 10-15 minutes. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until edges of cookies are barely golden.

To decorate I used plain royal icing piped on to the cookies with a very small tip from a pastry bag, use any recipe you like. And I used various colored and white sugars, Nonpareils and little Nonpareil covered chocolates.

15 comments:

  1. Linda, they are so lovely!

    The colors you've chosen to decorate them are delightful. So elegant.

    I can't imagine anyone turning away one of those beauties. I certainly wouldn't!

    I'm sorry to hear you've been dealing with a cold. Hope you're feeling better every day. xo~m.

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  2. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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  3. Hi Susan!
    Thank you so much for stopping by!
    Nice to meet you!
    L :)

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  4. Hi Linda;

    It's me......Erica. I love your blog, I just came across it recently......You are not only a talented "chef", but a great writer also.

    Love your cookies.....I'm going to try and make some myself for the Holidays.

    Now that I know that you are here, I'll be stoping by.

    Erica

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  5. Sending you hugs Erica!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    L xoxo

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  6. Really nice decorating, is this your favorite sugar cookie recipe?

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  7. Ernie..not sure if they are my favorite...they are good... but I am always on the search. I do not care for lemon flavored sugar cookies though, they have to be vanilla. I actually have another recipe that I am going to try in a day or two as soon as I can stand in the kitchen without coughing my head off( now that sounds wonderful doesn't it! very appetizing!) I actually have a Jim Dodge butter cookie that is my personal favorite...but that is a different animal altogether!

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  8. Linda, this post gives me holiday spirit too. Your sugar cookies are beatiful.

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  9. Beautiful cookies, Linda! Your photos are so wonderful, I think I can actually taste them! :D

    Puts me in the mood to do some baking myself -

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  10. Linda, your cookies are so festive! Beautifully decorated, too. Makes me want to get back out there in the kitchen and make a batch.

    Hugs from Mia

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  11. Hugs back at all of you!
    I have been in bed mostly the past week and have NOTHING much done yet...maybe later today!

    L xoxoxox :*

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  12. Hope you're feeling better soon, Linda, and back in the kitchen working your magic!!

    xoxoxoxo
    Lori

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  13. I really love how your trees came out. So ephemeral and elegant. They look like they came from a snowy forest.

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  14. Thanks Becky...
    The royal icing is easier to handle this way...no fussing with colors and switching bags...it was more out of laziness I did this...but it worked out well....
    L :)

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