Iced Holiday Sugar Cookies!

Well hello there!

iced holiday sugar cookies

I've been away for a while and it's mainly because I've been baking my behind off! It's something I really enjoy doing and I love being able to hand someone a plate of cookies to make their day. I like to try out new recipes and find new ways to make classics, but the one thing I won't touch is my chocolate chip special recipe!

Sugar cookies have always intimidated me because some of them call for some weird ingredients and they always end up tasting different than the last batch. They also require chilling (which I always forget) and ain't nobody got time for dat! A little heads up for this recipe, it requires 4 hours of chilling so keep that in mind before you start! It also calls for a Kitchenaid mixer but you can just substitute it for a whisk and hand mixer.

iced holiday sugar cookies

I got this recipe out of the Taste of Home Ultimate Cookie Swap magazine but I just tweaked it a bit!

Cookies:
Prep Time: 30 minutes + chilling
Bake: 10 minutes
Makes about 5 dozen (depending on how thick)

2 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda

Prep time: 15 minutes
Makes icing for 9-10 dozen cookies 

4lbs (two bags) of icing/confectioners sugar
3/4 cup meringue powder
1 1/3 cup warm water
2 tbsp. oil free extract (or just normal vanilla extract)

COOKIES:
The cookies are freezable for 3 months and the icing can be kept in the fridge for 1 month. I accidentally doubled my cookie recipe which you'll probably be able to tell by the amount of butter.

iced holiday sugar cookies

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until it's fluffy.

iced holiday sugar cookies

iced holiday sugar cookies

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. (it doesn't hurt it to add them all at once)

iced holiday sugar cookies

Beat in the vanilla.

iced holiday sugar cookies

Add in the baking soda and flour slowly. Mix well (it's much easier to do this with your hands)

iced holiday sugar cookies

iced holiday sugar cookies

Once mixed, put in the fridge and chill for 4 hours or until firm.

iced holiday sugar cookies

ICING:
I made the icing right after so that it would all be done.

iced holiday sugar cookies

Add the icing sugar and meringue powder into the mixer bowl. Use the whisk attachment and incorporate the two together.

Add the extract to the water and pour in slowly. It's going to be very liquid like.

Continue to mix it at medium-high speed until it is fluffy and stiff peaks form, about 7-10 minutes. Mixing times are approximate, keep your eye it icing and stop mixing as soon as it becomes stiff. Over mixing and oil-containing extracts can keep the icing from setting up, so keep this in mind as you work.


iced holiday sugar cookies

My icing didn't form stiff peaks because my extract wasn't oil free and I over mixed. It still turned out thick enough to pipe.

BAKING & ICING:
Preheat the oven to 350°

Roll the dough out on a floured surface till it's about 1/4 of an inch thick. That means nothing to me either but don't roll them out too thin that the cookies break when you try to remove them from the dough. It's okay if they're thicker, it just means they take a bit longer to bake.

iced holiday sugar cookies

iced holiday sugar cookies

iced holiday sugar cookies

Place them on uncreased bakings sheets, they don't really spread that much so you don't have to worry about spacing.


iced holiday sugar cookies

Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how thick your cookies are. The best way to tell when they're done is when the edges become lightly brown.


iced holiday sugar cookies

Place them on a wire rack for cooling. I waited until all of my cookies were baked to ice them.

The icing I did takes a really long time, about 4.5 hours. I would choose simpler icing designs and less colours. I bought the Wilton cookie decorating kit which comes with 4 tips and 8 icing bags. I used the smaller and the bigger circle tips for all the icing.


iced holiday sugar cookies

The more colour you add to each bit of icing, the thinner it gets. I used my piping bag, a toothpick, a knife and some sticks to spread all of the icing around.


iced holiday sugar cookies

Overall the cookies turned out great but it took me about 12 hours from start till finish. I did end up freezing some of my dough because I got tired of baking and I still have the majority of the icing leftover. It was a very long and tedious day but they would be great for parties and to send to your friends! They would also be great to make with kids to see all of their interested designs!

What do you think about these cookies? What are your favourite things to bake for the holidays?
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