How To Make Christmas Sugar Cookies with Easy Icing
Make the holidays sweeter with these soft sugar cookies with crisp edges. Top them with a simple icing and decorate to match the season!
In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter for about 1 minute until creamed and smooth.
Add the sugar and beat on high speed for about 3 or 4 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on high for about 2 minutes until fully combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Turn the mixer down to low and add about half of the flour mixture, beating until just barely combined.
Add the rest of the flour and continue mixing until just combined. If the dough still seems too soft, add 1 Tablespoon more flour until it is a better consistency for rolling.
Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment to about ¼-inch thickness. Stack the pieces (with paper) onto a baking sheet, cover lightly, and refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours and up to 2 days. Chilling is mandatory.
Once chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 to 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake in batches depending on the cookie size.
Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut in shapes. Transfer the cut cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until very lightly colored on top and around the edges. Make sure to rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time.
Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing. No need to cover the cookies as the cookies cool.
For the icing, whisk the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, corn syrup, and 2 tablespoons of water in a medium bowl. It should be quite thick.
If it is much too thick, add ½ Tablespoon more water. If it is much too thin, add 2 more Tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar. Drizzle a little of the icing with the whisk; the ribbon of icing should hold for a few seconds before melting back into the icing.
If desired, add liquid or gel food coloring. Pour some icing into different bowls if using multiple colors. If not decorating right away, cover the icing tightly, and keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Decorate the cooled cookies as desired. Use squeeze bottles for easy decorating.
Enjoy right away or wait 24 hours for the icing to set and harden– no need to cover the cookies as the icing sets. They stay soft for about 5 days at room temperature and up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
- Calories: 152.26kcal
- Fat: 6.07g
- Saturated Fat: 3.73g
- Trans Fat: 0.23g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1.58g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.30g
- Carbohydrates: 23.01g
- Fiber: 0.32g
- Sugar: 13.91g
- Protein: 1.53g
- Cholesterol: 23.00mg
- Sodium: 86.28mg
- Calcium: 12.01mg
- Potassium: 18.19mg
- Iron: 0.60mg
- Vitamin A: 51.85µg
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