Today is National Cookie Day and the first week of December is National Cookie Cutter Week - a great time to get a group of friends together to make & decorate cookies. Also a great time to have a Cookie Swap Party where each person brings 3-5 dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies – one dozen to eat and the rest to swap with others so each has a variety of cookies to offer family and friends throughout the season!
My favorite Christmas cookies are made using my collections of Christmas cookie cutters which include a set of the 12 days of Christmas as well as the traditional star, candy cane, bell, tree, etc. plus different sizes of gingerbread people.
Here are my two favorite recipes for cut and decorated cookies:
DELUXE SUGAR COOKIES
1 c butter
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1/2tsp almond extract
2 1/2 c flour
1tsp baking soda
1tsp cream of tartar
Mix together butter, sugar, egg and extracts until creamy then add remaining ingredients. Cover and chill 2-3 hours. Roll out dough, cut out shapes and then bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cool and decorate.
1/2 c butter
PUDDIN’ HEAD GINGERBREAD MEN
1/2 c brown sugar
1 pkg instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 1/2 c flour
1/2tsp baking soda
1 1/2tsp ginger
Cream butter, sugar and pudding mix and egg, then add remaining ingredients. Chill 1 hour. Roll dough ¼” thick, cut with cookie cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 mins. Cool.
Icing: Mix 2c powdered sugar with 2Tbs frozen lemonade concentrate and ice cookies.
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing
some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”
I Corinthians 10:31