Saturday, December 10, 2016

Holiday Sugar Cookies

Now that the holidays are in full effect, it is also the season for baking! To me, the holidays do not feel like the holidays until I smell sweet cookies flowing through out the house. With that in mind, holidays are all about spending time with your family, so baking cookies with family is always one of my favorite things to do. 

I wanted to share a cookie recipe that would be fun to make with others, so I knew this sugar cookie recipe would be the perfect match! The fun part is always decorating the cookies. These cookies are seriously soft and chewy, it'll definitely be hard to leave some for Santa. 

The best part of this recipe is that most of these ingredients can be easily found in your pantry! For sprinkles, Any sprinkles can work but of course since its Christmas time, you know I had to bust out my holiday sprinkles. 

When it comes to shaping out the cookies, the easiest thing to do is roll the dough in a 2'' ball and use a flat bottom glass cup dipped in a little flour to flatten the cookies into a circular shape. You can always roll out the cookie dough and cut out the shape with a cookie cutter. If you do plan to roll out your dough, make sure to cover and chill your cookie dough ahead of time for about 10 minutes. 

Sugar Cookies 

The perfect soft and chewy Frosted Sugar Cookie 

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 cup plain yogurt 
  • 1 ¾ cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract 
  • 6 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
For frosting:
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoon of milk
  • Food coloring and Sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and yogurt with a stand mixer or hand mixer until smooth and light in color.
  3. Add in sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until combined. 
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt (if using). Then, slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in small sections. Mixing well after each.   
  5. Roll dough into 2” balls and placing them 2” apart on the prepared cookie sheet. Use a flat bottom glass dipped in flower, press the cookie balls flat. ( For rolled cookies, see information under dough picture above)
  6. Bake cookies in preheated over for 5-7 minutes, until the cookies behind to rise and bottoms are lightly brown. Remove Immediately and let cool on a cooling rack before frosting. 
For Frosting:
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and extract with a stand mixer or a hand mixer.
  2. Add in powdered sugar (1 cup at a time), mix until smooth after each addition. Add in milk and food coloring, and beat until smooth. 
  3. Frost cookie and immediately sprinkle cookies and have fun!