My mom’s favorite part of the Christmas festivities is our classic “Cookies for Santa” picture….
Each Christmas Eve night, my siblings and I line up along the counter and take a picture with the goodies we leave for good ol’ St. Nick…even now that we are all old and boring!
Through the years we have left carrots (for the reindeer!!), leftover neighbor gifts, muffins, almond milk (maybe Santa is lactose intolerant??), and a host of other treats. But since this year marks 10 years of the tradition, we actually made some cookies for the occasion. Tonight’s picture will be splendid.
Anyhoo, this is my favorite sugar cookie recipe. The cookies are soft and tasty, yet simple. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!! Perhaps Santa Claus needs some at your house too?
2 cubes butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
Cream butter & sugar. Beat in eggs. Add baking soda, milk, vanilla, and salt. Slowly add in flour until dough is soft but not sticky. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Using the chilled dough, roll the dough into 2 sheets (1/4 inch thick or so) on a clean, floured surface. Using a cookie cutter or top of a glass jar, shape the sugar cookies. Peel excess dough from around the shapes. Using a spatula, place the cookies onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes. Repeat this process until all the dough is used.
Before icing, allow the cookies to cool completely (this way the icing will form better and not melt off the sides of the cookie in a runny mess).
The recipe for the icing is as follows
Sugar Cookie Icing
3 egg whites
1 lb. powder sugar (1/2 of the regular sized bag)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
Little bit of hot water
Beat eggs whites until stiff peaks form. Add sugar, vanilla, salt, and a touch of hot water till mixed (helps icing spread). Pour icing into an empty squeeze bottle for easy decorating. The icing will harden on the cookie within a minute or two. Happy decorating!