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!
1 cup butter or margarine
1 8 oz. cream cheese
3 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
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.
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.