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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

the traditional christmas cookies

I grew up on homemade Christmas sugar cookies. Every year, my mom would make dozens and dozens and we'd munch on them right through the new year. Now frosted sugar cookies are one of those things that make the season feel just right.

I modify a Pilsbury mix for my cut out cookies. I know, I know, a box mix. Shame. But I promise they are delicious!

Here are my main ingredients:
{both can be found at Target}

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Instead of following the mixing instructions on the back, I add my own ingredients to this cookie mix. 

 - 1 egg
 - 1 cup of melted butter
 - 3-4 cups of flour

Add the egg and melted butter to the cookie mix. Then begin to add in the flour a 1/2 cup at a time until the dough reaches the right consistency to roll out onto your cutting mat. I typically end up using about 4 cups of flour. 

Then roll your dough out flat. I like to get mine about 1/4 of an inch thick before using my cookie cutters. 

Space your cookies out on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Just until the edges are barely brown.

Lay the baked cookies out on wax paper to cool. 
After about 20 minutes, I start frosting.

The topping usually depending on my mood. My first batch this year got green sprinkles. This batch is getting chocolate shavings.

After the frosting has fully dried {this type takes at least an hour} I display the cookies out on the breakfast table. Makes it easy to swing through the room and grab one! :) 

As you can see, their numbers are already dwindling.

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