Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Cookies Recipe

christmas sugar cookie with icing recipe card euroamerican home

We spent the day before Christmas baking cookies from one of Trevor's mom's recipes. Here it is, with metric conversions in the second chart:

3 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour milk (1 Tbsp of vinegar in milk)
1 lb butter
1 ½ tsp baking soda
8 cups all purpose flour
Metric Measurements
600 g granulated sugar
3 eggs
240 mL sour milk (1 Tbsp of vinegar in milk)
450 g butter
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1000 g all purpose flour

christmas sugar cookie recipe card euroamerican home
1. In a large bowl, mix sugar and butter.

2. Add eggs, sour milk and baking soda. We forgot to buy sour milk and just used regular milk.

3. Gradually add flour and mix. (Notice how messy flour is, only to spread it all over the floor seconds later.)

4. Chill for several hours. (This included preventing Trevor from eating raw cookie dough.)

5. On a floured surface, knead dough, roll out to ¼ inch thickness.

6. Cut out with cookie cutters. (Carefully consider building an entire dough village out of the shapes. Decide it would take too much time and you just can't wait to taste the cookies.)

7. Place on greased and floured cookies sheet.

8. Bake at 340 F (170 C) for 8-9 minutes. Don't worry if you don't have a thermometer (we didn't). We just took them out when the house smelled unbearably yummy. 

christmas sugar cookie recipe in tray euroamerican home
Please be kind and notice our heads peeking over the tray.
 9. Debate what to do with the extra dough. We tried to have a dough fight, which proved to be quite unsuccessful because all our dough was just too floury. I mean what good is it to have a fight when the dough doesn't stick to the kitchen tile? Obviously this was our addition, Trevor's mom's recipe mentioned no such attempt.

For the icing we used  Martha Stewart's Royal Icing recipe, using 250g of sugar and 1 egg instead of all the fancy schmancy ingredients which Americans take for granted but which are impossible to find here. What Martha doesn't say is flip a coin to decide who gets to lick the spoon and the pot, but you should make sure you check this off your list after all the cookies are iced.

We didn't have any sprinkles for decorating, and we didn't want to buy any especially for this project, so we used some M&M's (ironically bought especially for this project) to make them more colorful. I wouldn't recommend doing this since they're so big and our plan of smashing them and sprinkling them over the icing didn't go so well. But check out the owl-snowman combo in the first picture!

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