Start the Santa Cookies!

It's that time of year when everyone starts their holiday cookie baking. It seems that every PTA group does a cookie exchange. Maybe you're looking for something cute and decorative that you can give to your mailman or hairdresser for Christmas - without breaking the bank. 

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I'm a creative person. I like baking. For me, this is the perfect time of year to bake up some fun sugar cookies that I can decorate to make a decorative bouquet of cookies. 

Sugar Cookies
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c (2 sticks) softened, unsalted butter
1 1/2 c sugar
1 egg
2 3/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with until light and fluffy. 
  • Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond flavoring.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the flour mix to the butter mix and thoroughly combine
  • Divide dough into 2 balls.**
  • On a floured surface, roll 1 ball into a circle approximately 1/8" thick. 
  • Lightly coat your cookie cutter in flour before and after each use, and cut out your cookie shapes.
  • Reform the dough ball and re-roll until you need to start using the second ball.
  • Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake 8-11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.***

**DO NOT REFRIGERATE. Some recipes call for refrigeration. I normally don't like to take the time. If I'm baking cookies, I want cookies nowish - not 4 hours from now. This recipe lets me do that. 

***By "lightly browned" you will just start to see a golden brown bottom. You don't want to overbake the cookies.