Something Yummy For Santa’s Tummy


Nevaehona Williams

          During the month of December or after Thanksgiving families start putting put their trees and planning for Christmas. Usually making desserts and wrapping presents. Making homemade cookies to desserts passed down from generation to generation is the fun part of Christmas. Sugar cookies are one of the main desserts made on Christmas. You can put these next to the tree and make Santa’s tummy smile. Here is an easy recipe to follow for delicious sugar cookies.

Sugar Cookie Ingredients:

To make the Sugar Cookie:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (or plain flour)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

To make the Icing:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon prepared royal icing mix, or more. The consistency should be thick and creamy

Oven time:

  1. Preheat the oven 350°F | 175°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together with a thick wooden spoon or electric beaters, and beat until smooth (for about 3 minutes). Beat in the vanilla and the egg
  3. Add in 2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined. Then add the rest of the flour until the mixture becomes a stiff cookie dough. Turn dough out onto a clean surface. Lightly wet your hands and knead the dough until it forms a softball. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  4. Divide dough in half, then roll out about ¼-inch thick onto a lightly floured surface. Cut using any cookie cutter shape you like, and transfer immediately onto baking skeet. 
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until just set. For crispier golden edged cookies, bake for up to 9 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet (they should be soft) for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Back to the Royal Icing:

  1. Mix the water with the royal icing mix in a small bowl. Pour into a small piping bag with a round icing tip #5, outline and flood the cookies with silver or grey. Allow to set. Then, using round icing tip #1, pipe any other decorations you like over the top or add edible pearls, edible cachous, edible balls, sprinkles, edible glitter, or whatever you like! Icing will completely set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or about 2 hours at room temperature.

Side note:

         We used 2 lots of royal icing mix. One was grey and one was white. Decorated or plain cookies will stay fresh covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.