Classic Holiday Sugar Cookies Recipe

Make it a snow day by creating these winter themed classic holiday sugar cookies. This is a recipe that your little helpers in the kitchen will remember forever.  One of my favorite memories is making (and eating) yummy sugar cookies my Dad and I decorated together when I  could barely reach the kitchen counter-top.

Classic Holiday Sugar Cookie Recipe

Sugar Cookies

Classic Holiday Sugar Cookie
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Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup superfine sugar (purchase or process granulated sugar for about 20 seconds in a food processor)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3 1/4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar (for dusting work surface)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (for dusting work surface)

Instructions

  1. Position oven rack in the center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line two large, heavy light-colored baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt until blended; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, sugar, cream, vanilla and peppermint extracts; beat with a handheld mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to medium-low; add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dry ingredients one half at a time.
  5. Divide dough into two even pieces, press each piece into a disk shape, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour. Dough should be cool and firm but easy to work with.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk confectioners' sugar and flour until blended; set aside. Working with one piece of dough at a time, place on a clean, dusted surface. Roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes and transfer with a thin offset metal spatula to prepared cookie sheets. For even baking, do not overcrowd cookies. Gather remaining dough, cover with plastic and chill. Continue with second chilled dough.
  7. For best results, bake one sheet pan at a time until done, about 10 minutes; remove and place cookies on wire racks to cool. Decorate and store in an airtight container.

Christmas Cookie Party Photo Album

Every year after decorating the house for Christmas and filling out the Christmas cards I pull out the recipe book and bake up sugar cookies. Enjoy these images from the cookie party events I love to host each year with my family and friends.  I hope they may inspire you to get in the kitchen and make some memories.
Cookie Party
Check out more of my photography on Flickr : Creative Living & Growing with Bren

Let’s Connect

I think it would be fun to see all the creative sugar cookies you decorate this season…. I’ll share mine if you share yours? Mine will be posted on my Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to comment below and let me know where I can find yours. You can also leave a link in the comment that we can visit. I’m so excited…. 1 more day till my Christmas Cookie Party!

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