Christmas is around the corner which means it’s time to prepare a batch of Christmas cookies! This recipe is not only delicious but the icing is great for decorations. Make these cookies your own and use your favorite cookie cutters and cookie toppings/decorations. This is a fun recipe to have the whole family involved in the kitchen and create happy holiday memories. Don’t forget to save a few cookies to leave out for Santa!
For the cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, slightly beaten
3 tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract (can substitute for ½ tsp almond extract)
For the icing:
1/3 cup softened butter
1 pound powdered sugar
¼ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, beat together the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Mix in the egg and vanilla, then add the whipping cream. With the mixer on low speed, mix in the flour mixture until there are no more dry streaks of flour (do not overmix!)
Divide the dough in half and roll each half between two sheets of parchment paper so the dough does not stick to the rolling pin or counter. Transfer the sheets of cookie dough, still in the parchment, to the fridge. Chill the dough for at least one hour or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°F)
Once the dough is cooled, peel off a layer of parchment paper and use cookie cutters to cut out your desired shapes. If the dough gets too soft, place back in the fridge for 5-10 minutes before continuing. You can gather the scraps of dough to roll out again to make more cookies.
Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven as soon as they begin to turn color at the base. Let them cool completely.
To make the icing, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a standing mixer or with a hand mixer until smooth. If your icing is too thick to spread, add small amounts of milk and thoroughly mix until the icing is the consistency you need. To make different colors, separate the icing into different bowls and add food coloring to make your desired colors.
Spread the icing onto the completely cooled cookies with an offset spatula or butter knife. Use piping bags to add decorative accents if you’d like. To have sprinkle decorations stick onto the cookie, add them while the icing is still wet on the cookie and gently press.