Wednesday, December 1

25 Days of Christmas--Cookies, that is

    We are all well acquainted with the 25 Days of Christmas. Even the station ABC Family has a television line-up dedicated to it. Let's not forget the advent calendars that come in a wide array of designs and some with candy and some without. Here is another theme for the next 25 days. 

25 Days of Cookies or one could say 25 Days of Christmas in Cookies

    I'll admit that this seems to be a somewhat big undertaking, but I think it'll be fun. It's not like I won't have enough people to eat the cookies. :) 

    Today is Day 01: Sugar Cookies

1/3 cup butter, softened or at room temp
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
dash salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease the cookie sheets and set aside.

  In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening for about 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. 

  Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. I used clear vanilla extract to keep the nice color of the sugar cookie.

  Beat in as much of the flour as possible. Stir in the remaining flour.

  To keep in line with the season, Kyleigh and I wanted to use our Christmas cookie cutters. Lightly flour your surface and take out a small amount of cookie dough. 

Roll out to about 1/4 - 1/8 inch thick. After using the cookie cutters, place on the greased cookie sheets. 

  Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-8 minutes for smaller cookies, and about 10 minutes for larger cookies. You want the edges to be firm and the bottoms to be very lightly browned.
  Cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
makes about 40 cookies

  While the cookies are baking and cooling, it's time to get started on the icing to hold the sprinkles on! After all, the sprinkles need some way to stay on the cookies!

  In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 pound of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar, a splash of clear vanilla extract and 3 egg whites. Combine slowly at first so as not to have a sugar cloud erupt in your face. Once all of the sugar has been incorporated, turn the speed up to medium high. Beat until frosting starts to firm up and creates firm peaks. 

  Once the cookies are cool, it's time to ice and sprinkle! 


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