And this week starts the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies blog hop. I'm a little late to the party but better late than never, right? Thanks to Brenda from Meal Planning Magic for hosting the party. I am super excited to baking with you all!
I know it's supposed to be Christmas cookies but this is one of my tried and true cutout sugar cookie recipes and can be easily used in any season. I can also see myself making Christmas trees using this effect with white coloring to create snow on the trees. Ohh, a new idea!! How early is too early to be making Christmas tree cookies? :)
I used a copper color as a base and then took my food coloring and brushed it on to make the various color designs. I initially saw these made using a sponge brush from Ellie's Bites @ http://elliesbitesdecoratedcookies.wordpress.com/ but I didn't have any sponge brushes on hand for food painting. So I thought for a bit and came up with these. So easy and very colorful!
Sugar Cookie Recipe
from All in One Bake Shop
- 2 sticks of butter, room temp
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tbsp vanilla or vanilla bean paste
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup milk or heavy cream
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Let butter come to room temperature.
- Cream butter and sugar
- Add eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix until smooth.
- Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture and mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix!
- Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness between 2 pieces of parchment paper and then refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut shapes using your favorite cookie cutter and place cookies 1 inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake 12-14 minutes until bottoms and edges are slightly brown.
- Let cool completely and then decorate with royal icing.
Makes 36 medium size cookies.