Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kari's Kave: Sugar Cookies for my Sugars

Okay, so every year I make sugar cookies with the kids and let them decorate.

And every year I say never again!!!

Ugh. They are sooo much work. You have to make the dough and then let it rise at least 3 hours. Then you attempt to roll the sucker out. It's SO sticky. Once you're done rolling them out, it's time to cut them into all sorts of cute holiday shapes.

Bake and cool and ... drumroll please ... decorate!

Oyyy, the decorating. Stained fingers from the food coloring. Every bit of counter space covered with cookies. Frosting covering everything else. sprinkles bouncing across the floor. If I hear one more crunch as I walk across the hardwood floor, I'm going to scream! And then the cleanup.....SIGH! I haven't had enough coffee to go there, folks.

So this is what I did last weekend. We get all the way to the decorating part, and the boys do maybe ... ONE! And my daughter does a lot more, but still, I doubled that recipe and had cookies coming out the hoohah!!!

I didn't even want to make them, yet I got stuck decorating the rest just so I could clean up and make dinner. I spent the entire day in the kitchen.

I repeat, NEVER AGAIN!

Yet somehow I know that next year I will do the entire thing over again. Why? Because it's tradition. So tell me? What are your traditions around the holiday time?

Here's the sugar cookie recipe ... it's yummy!

Sugar Cookie:
1 cup butter or margarine
1 8 oz. cream cheese
3 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix butter and cream cheese in mixer. Then add 1/2 of the flour and all of the sugar, egg, baking powder and vanilla to mixture and beat. Add rest of the flour (it gets thick). Cover and chill 3 to 24 hours.

When ready to roll dough, flour your surface and sprinkle enough flour on dough to handle it. Roll a portion of dough 1/4 inch thick. Dip cookie cutters in flour so they won't stick.

Bake on un greased cookie sheet at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm.

Frosting:
1/3 cup butter or margarine
4 1/2 cups confectionary sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Beat butter and gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Slowly beat in 1/4 cup milk (use more milk if needed) and vanilla and reamining sugar. Add 1 tsp. vegetable oil to frosting to make it shiny. Add food coloring for colors.

Enjoy!

8 comments:

Kari Lee Townsend said...

So, anyone have any good holiday cookie recipes?

Lindsay said...

My recipe is tried, true and never fails.
I go to my grocery story and buy cookies already made, baked and decorated

Kari Lee Townsend said...

You are too funny, Lindsay :-)

Anita Clenney said...

Kari, what a great tradition, but Oh, the mess. :) But you're creating memories. Long after the kids are married with their own families they'll talk about "those sugar cookies" and it'll bring a smile. My mom always makes Christmas cookies and all kinds of candy. I always look forward to it.

For Christmas, we go to visit my in-laws. We have a big family Christmas party with family from all over the country. This has been a family tradition since my husband's grandmother was a young woman.

About the cookies, I usually grab the cookie dough in a roll at the grocery store. :) Sometimes my daughter and I will make something from scratch. She likes to print recipes off the internet and then I find her in the kitchen mixing. That usually leads to some togetherness as I help out. And I always get stuck with the mess.

Lindsay said...

Yeah, but Kari it' simple not to mention there's no mess to clean up.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Next time I'm buying the dough already made, Anita! Making the dough is the hardest part!

Liz Lipperman said...

Love the recipe, Kari, but I don't do homemade cookies anymore. I find the dough you buy at the stores makes them just as well. We use the sugar cookies and I let my grandkids have at it with sprinkles and colored sugar, etc. I do have an easy recipe though, and my kids beg for these.

PEANUT BUTTER CUP TARTS

36 miniature peanut butter cups (Wal-Mart brand has 36 exactly.)

1 (14 oz) roll of slice and bake Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie dough

Freeze the cookie dough slightly and it will cut easier. Slice cookie roll into 9 even pieces, then cut each one into quarters. Roll each quarter in your hands and drop into sprayed miniature muffin tins. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven. While cookie is baking, remove candies from their wrapper. Remove cookies from oven and press one peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie. As chocolate melts, take the tip of a knife and spread the chocolate around a little. Wait until the shine goes off the chocolate before removing from tins.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Sounds yummy, Liz. I'll have to try those.