One of our favorite traditions each year is making sugar cookies! We started the year we got married, and it has become a bit messier with each year as we now have two little girls to help us out, but it just keeps getting more and more fun.
I love all the small things that kids notice that we just let slip by unnoticed, and the gasps of enjoyment that comes with each new Christmas item or activity we introduce.
I never knew Christmas had this much magic and joy until we had kids of our own.
Anyways, Christmas cookies! Here is a recipe that we have been using for years, we actually even wrote it out and taped it to the back of our Christmas card last year.
This year, we did something a little differently, we used white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose white flour, and you can definitely taste the difference as it’s a bit healthier tasting, but we like it (It also makes having a second, or third, not feel so bad).
1 1/2 cups unsoftened butter, unsalted
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups white whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
- In a large kitchen aid mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add in the eggs and the vanilla extract.
- Then, slowly add in the flour, salt, and baking powder and continue mixing on medium.
- Saran wrap the mixing bowl, and place in the fridge overnight.
- Next day! (or a few hours later,) pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a well floured counter top about 1/8-1/4 inch thickness, and then using your cookie cutters, cut away!
- Make lots of fun Christmas shapes, and place on an uncreased cookie sheet.
- Place in the oven for about 5-8 minutes, depending on how soft or hard you like to eat your cookies!
- Once cooled, decorate with frosting and sprinkles galore 🙂