Saturday, December 24, 2011

Snowman Sugar Cookies

We make sugar cookies every year for Santa. The kids love it. They can roll the dough and cut out any shape they want. Plus they get to decorate their cookies with the sprinkles, frosting, and especially the colored sugars. These are the cookies we are leaving for Santa.
When I was a kid, I loved watching all of the holiday specials. Rudolph and Frosty were always playing. My favorite show was The Year Without Santa Claus. I loved the Heat Miser and Mr. Freeze fighting.
 Sugar Cookies
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 sticks salted butter, cold
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp pure almond extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, add the flour with the baking powder and sugar. Pulse about 5 times.
  3. Add the butter and pulse for about 15 times or until it looks like a course crumble.
  4. Add the egg with the extract and pulse until well incorporated. 
  5. Scoop the mixture onto a floured surface and knead together to form a ball.
  6. Roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes.
  7. Place the cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from freezer and place in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 
  9. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
Recipe adapted from Bake at 350. Frosting recipe is found on Bake at 350.

When I first encountered her blog, I thought she was amazing. There was no way I could make cookies that look like hers. Her blog shows step by step and I have now made several cookies which I am amazed. Check out her site.

Did you already know...............
-The Year Without Santa Claus came out in 1974.
-In 1956, the Pultizer prize winner Phyllis McGinley wrote The Year Without Santa Claus.
-The story is how Santa has a cold and believes no one cares about Christmas. Santa's two elves show Santa prove him wrong.
My initial plan
-There is a remake of Mr. Freeze Crank Dat.

Merry Christmas!

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