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Sugar Cookies


What would Christmas be without cutout Sugar Cookies?  Aren’t these the cookies you always looked forward to as a kid?  I remember lots of Christmases sitting around the table with my siblings, surrounded by bowls of colored frosting and jars of sprinkles making our treasured pieces of edibale art!  Since that time I have gone from doing fancy and creative dedorating back to simple as can be.  Which is where I still am today.  Part of that is due to the amount of baking I do at this time of year, where time is of the essence, but part of it is also just an appreciation for a nice clean look. 
I make these cookies at other times of the year, too.  Valentine’s day finds an assortment of hearts; Halloween and Thanskgiving the shapes are pumpkins, leaves, acorns; sometimes there are eggs at Easter – in fact one year I used sugar cookie eggs as placecards!  For those occasions I tend to do much more creative decoration but for Christmas white frosting with colored sprinkles is the basic formula. 
The recipe I use is from Entertaining, Martha Stewart’s grand book.  I took a look on her website to see if I could find the recipe online.  She has about four million sugar cookie recipes out there and I gave up looking for the one from this book.  But it’s a great recipe.  The dough is silken and it makes a huge batch of cookies. The only change I make to it is to add a bit of either orange or lemon peel.  I really like the little hit of freshness that brings to these cookies.  
  1. Eric permalink
    24-Dec-2007 12:50 pm

    This year I discovered the Bread Farm Bakery in Edison (south end of Chuckanut Drive) so all my cookies were purchased :-).  What an incredible bakery – I highly recommend paying them a visit next time you\’re up that way.  I also picked up a couple Pannetones which we\’ll taste tomorrow on Christmas.  I got some sugar cookies at the Columbia City Bakery – just like homemade!  EE

  2. Eric permalink
    24-Dec-2007 4:59 pm

    correction to my last comment – I picked up a couple Pan D\’oro.

  3. KKai permalink
    25-Dec-2007 3:02 pm

    Even though I rarely comment, I visit your blog regularly and love your blog very much.Merry Christmas to you! =)

  4. Culinary permalink
    27-Dec-2007 5:42 am

    @KKai:  Thanks so much!  Happy New Year to you! 
    @ EE:  I\’ll have to check out the Bread Farm Bakery next time I\’m up that way.  Sounds great!  Hope you are having a good holiday and safe travels! 

  5. Jennifer permalink
    28-Dec-2007 8:45 pm

    You amaze me! You\’ve been busy!I hadn\’t been back to your journal since I commented on Dec. 11th regarding your buttery beautiful spritzes. (Thanks for your reply!)Love all of your photos and suggestions and reads.Classy is as classy does. Tasty is as tasty does.Keep on cook\’n and bak\’n in 2008-jenj

  6. Culinary permalink
    30-Dec-2007 9:17 am

    Hi jenj!
    Glad you are enjoying the cookies – it\’s the thing I do at this time of year. :-)   Happy 2008 to you, too! 

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