Christmas Cookies and Happy Hearts, this is How the Holiday Starts

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for a reason.  There are so many things to celebrate: faith, family, giving, blessings, delicious food, cozy candles (from Antique Candle Works!), the list goes on. 

Regardless of what you celebrate this season, there’s one thing that everyone can share in, and that is tradition.  That being said, one of my favorite Christmas traditions is definitely the sweetest: baking Christmas cookies!

 

Our friend Meeghan (from Cali Girl in a Southern World) is a pro when it comes to making the most beautiful and yummy Christmas cookies.  She’s a lifestyle blogger with a passion for family, home décor, writing, and of course, cooking.  Meeghan has a collection of tons of holiday recipes, including cookie recipes that have been passed down over generations. 

 

A favorite in Meeghan’s family are good old Sugar Cookies.  However, despite how tasty they are, it’s the time spent with loved ones making the cookies that is the best part about them.  It’s a simple tradition, but it can lead to the most cherished memories.

 

Here’s Meeghan’s recipe for those classic sugar cookies:

(Check out the original post here)

 

Ingredients for cookies

3 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup salted butter (softened)

1 cup sugar

1 egg (beaten)

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Powdered sugar (for rolling out dough)

 

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat to combine. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture until fully incorporated. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

 

Sprinkle the surface where you are rolling out the dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from the refrigerator at a time, sprinkle the rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Place the shapes at least 1-inch apart on a greased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the cookies just begin to brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Allow cookies to cool for 3 minutes after removing them from the oven and then move to a wire rack to continue to cool completely. Serve as is or ice as desired.

 

Note from Meeghan: Move the dough around frequently when rolling out and cutting shapes to ensure that it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, put it back in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to re-chill before trying to roll out again.

 

Ingredients for royal icing

3 ounces pasteurized egg whites

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons lemon juice

4 cups confectioner’s sugar

 

In a large bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and lemon juice until frothy. Add confectioner’s sugar gradually and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Add food coloring of desired. Transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using a storage bag, clip corner.

 

Note from Meeghan: Frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

 

I absolutely love these cookies!  They are gorgeous and look so yummy!  Whether you need a new recipe for Santa’s cookies, or just a special treat for the holidays, these cookies from Meeghan are perfect for this jolly season!

(And I couldn't help but be reminded of our sweet Vanilla!)

Check out more of Meeghan's delicious recipes, beautiful interior design, and so much more on her blog

 

So what cookie are you setting our for Santa this year?

 

 

 

Recipe photography by Meeghan from Cali Girl in a Southern World