American Christmas Cookies

Last Friday night I was exhausted from work and needed to clear my head with something creative. So what is better than making Sugarcookies, American Christmas Cookies with decoration. I both made the dough, baked and decorated before sleeping. So honestly it was getting towards morning hours when I went to bed. I made them with a twist. Tried out my rolling pin with reindeers and Christmas trees and even coloring the dough in different colors, not only the frosting. American Christmas Cookies are so fun and festive to decorate. You can just let your creativity go wild.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1, 5 tsp baking powder

Instructions:

In a bowl, with mixer on medium, beat butter and sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla extract. On low, beat in flour and salt.

Divide dough in half; shape each half into a 1/2-inch-thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm.

Heat oven to 175 degrees Celsius, (350 degrees F).

On floured surface, roll dough, 3 mm (1/8-inch) thick; cut into shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet(s). Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer to racks to cool. Decorate as desired; store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks, or freeze, undecorated, up to 3 months.

Icing

  • 2 large egg whites, or more to thin icing
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, or more to thicken icing
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Makes about 2 1/2 cups

Food coloring of your choice

To make the icing, whisk the egg whites and add the confectioner sugar, pass lemon juice through a fine sieve, to remove any pips or bits. Mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice, (if too thin add more confectioner sugar, if too thick add a little water untill you have the consistency you want). Mix the ingredients and divide into different bowls and add the color you like to each bowl. Mix and pour the icing into bags for decorating your cakes.

Decorate the cakes with the icing and leave to dry and harden. Takes 12 hours or more.

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