Christmas sugar cookies

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At Eat Craft Nerd, Christmas equals food, and especially cookies. I love baking, and I love sharing what I make with my friends and family. Christmas, when we all get together, is the perfect time to share the love.

christmas-sugar-cookies-boxThese cookies are a literal representation of love at Christmas time, and are a really great gift at any time of the year. You can really cut them to any shape, and decorate them however you like. I went for Christmas red and white, and a Christmas message of love. These were a part of the Christmas hampers I made for family members as an early Christmas present, and you’ll see those hampers in a future post – but first, the recipe for the most delicious sugar cookies you’ll ever eat. 

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Sugar cookies
Adapted from i am baker

Ingredients:

  • 300 g unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder

 

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Method:

  1. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar on high for at least 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, and add in one egg at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again, and add in both vanilla and almond extracts. Beat together.
  4. Add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix just until combined (you don’t want to activate the gluten in the flour otherwise the dough will get tough).
  5. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for at least half an hour and up to two days. You can also freeze the dough for up to three months.
  6. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius, and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  7. Roll out your dough to about half a centimetre thick and cut out with whatever cookie cutters you like. Use an egg flip or a stiff spatula to transfer the cookies to your prepared tray.
  8. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Let cool completely before decorating.

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For decoration, I used royal icing tinted red with gel colour. You can watch this video (by one of my favourite YouTubers) which shows visually how to decorate, as I found it easier to learn this way. My cookies are obviously not the smoothest or the most consistent but in the end, it’s the love that they’re made with that really counts. Baking should be fun, not stressful, and besides – if you really want to get good, all you have to do is practise. Which obviously means more cookies for everyone!

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