We all have our own unique holiday traditions that make this time of year so special. It might not seem like much, but baking Christmas cookies is what my family is known for. We bake anything from peanut butter blossoms to comfort balls; you name it and we’ll make it. I have such fond memories of decorating the treats with my father and taste testing with my mother. Now, I’ve taken on the small but time consuming task of baking sugar cookies each year and have decided to share the process with all of you!
Since my family isn’t too picky and I’d rather spend my time decorating, I don’t make my sugar cookie dough from scratch. I find rolling out the dough to be almost therapeutic and really enjoy choosing my 3-4 different cookie cutter shapes for the year. This year I’ve gone with tree, mitten, and snowflake shapes. Don’t forget, flour is crucial at this stage (and it’s an added bonus that it resembles snow)!
Once I’ve finished baking my cookies, I let them cool for at least 30 minutes. This is extremely important for decorating with icing so that it hardens rather than melts. While my cookies are cooling, I decide on the different icing colors I’ll need. I always create a white icing and from there make several small batches of different accent colors. This year I’ve only used white, green, and red.
Now comes the fun part, decorating! I usually put on some Christmas music, light a candle, and zone out. You can be as creative as you’d like but you certainly don’t need to be a pastry chef. The important thing is to enjoy yourself and make memories with your loved ones! I tend to set my standards high and layer the icing to create detailed designs then finish them off with little candies.
Baking a standard sugar cookie isn’t anything special, but I wanted to share a little bit of my Christmas tradition with all of you. I hope you’ve enjoyed going through this process with me and that I’ve inspired you as you begin baking your treats soon! I won’t be posting next week since I’ll be traveling for the holidays and I’d like to enjoy my time with family. However, I have a BIG surprise once I’m back that I can’t wait to share with all of you. Happy holidays!
What is your favorite type of Christmas cookie? Share in the comments!