Christmas Cookies by Rachel

This years cookies turned out beautiful…absolutely amazing. Rachel (14) did the decorating. She has quite the knack I think.

I hate to think they will be scarfed down tomorrow with little regard for the work that went into them…but we did make them to eat!

Susan’s Sugar Cookies
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 vanilla bean (optional ~ cut the vanilla bean in half then slit one half lengthwise and scrape the insides out with the blade of your knife, add this scraping to the dough before adding the flour)
Cut, glaze and decorate as desired.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter, shortening and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time and then the flavorings (including the vanilla bean if you choose to use it). On low speed or by hand, mix in the flour combination. Divide the dough into thirds, wrapping each third in a piece of waxed paper. Place dough in freezer bag and refrigerate 2 hours or over night. This dough can be frozend for up to 3 months.

Preheat oven to 375.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut out desired shapes and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Let cook on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Royal Icing
I use Martha Stewart’s Royal Icing with one acception…I add 1 TBSP light Karo syrup. Makes it shiny and very smooth and she has some great tips for decorating cookies as well.

We keep a wide variety of cookie decorations…sugars, pearls, dragees, jimmies…you name it we have it! A couple of great place to purchase these things is Fancy Flours and Country Kitchen.

I dont think I haven mentioned this before but, we catered for 12 years before I opened my soap business. We still get calls from past customers wanting baking done. Sometimes we can oblige…sometimes there is just no time.

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