Christmas Cookies

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

This easy and delicious sugar Christmas cookie recipe with royal icing is my go-to cookie recipe every year--Bainbridge Boheme

Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with my Grandma Shirley is one of my most beloved holiday memories. She had every kind of sprinkle variation imaginable, and her cookies always turned out perfectly. My sister and brother and I would spend the whole day at her house baking and decorating and then eating the fruits of our labor. Christmas music was always on in the background and I’m sure we destroyed her kitchen. I can’t claim to be as skilled as Grandma Shirley, and my sprinkle collection is probably a fraction of hers, but I wanted to share my cookie recipe with you all for the holidays! Honing my icing and cookie decorating skills is taking some time, but trial and error is always more fun when you get to eat the failed attempts!  I’ve mentioned this before on another cookie post, but I often just leave cookies unfrosted, and luckily my husband thinks they are tastier that way.

Well the other day, baby Jules and I headed over to my parent’s house to make some Christmas cookies with my nephew Bennett. You can see his cute chubby hand helping out in the photos above! I knew I couldn’t leave these Christmas cookies naked, so I found a super easy royal icing recipe to try out. I kept the icing simple and white and used mostly my white sprinkles for this batch. The next batch was green and red, it just didn’t last long enough to be photographed!

This sugar cookie recipe has been my go-to for as many Christmases as I can remember. It’s simple, fool proof, and only requires an extra 30 minutes to chill before baking. My nephews, and whole family loved the cookies. Baby Julian even got a few bites! Baking and decorating Christmas cookies is a delicious and festive way to get in the holiday spirit!

Do you bake Christmas cookies with your kiddos or family members? There are so many special memories around baking Christmas cookies. I’d love to hear yours!

CHRISTMAS COOKIES:

Ingredients:

¾ cup butter, room temp

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

Grated rind of 1 lemon

¼ tsp salt

2 ½ cups flour

Instructions:

With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 7-8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!

Adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking

ROYAL ICING: Wilton’s recipe

xx,

Heidi

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Spooky Sweet Treats

Ghost sugar cookies

Ghost sugar cookies

Ghost sugar cookies

I have a baking confession to make. I just cannot hack royal icing. When it comes to decorating cookies, mine usually end up staying “naked” and being enjoyed without any icing or frosting. Luckily for me, my husband prefers them that way. But recently, I took a page from Jenny’s Cookies play book and dusted these ghostly cookies with powder sugar while fresh out of the oven! It was the simplest way to serve a gorgeous, tasty cookie. Gorgeously spooky that is! How do you like to decorate your cookies? Do you have a royal icing recipe that I need to try? Let me know if you try this at home! Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

Hope everyone is getting excited for Halloween!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 egg, room temp

1 tsp vanilla

zest of 1 lemon

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375F. Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and lemon. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Mix dry ingredients into wet, stir until combined. Separate dough into two rounds, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours. Roll dough out onto lightly floured surface. Cut using cookie cutters, and transfer to lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, until golden.

xx,

Heidi

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