CHRISTMAS ELVES LOVE TO BAKE HOLIDAY DONUTS!
Every December, Christmas elves start getting excited to bake and share their favorite holiday treats! Today our elves are going to share their very best recipes, tips and tricks for the most delicious and fun holiday sugar cookies ever! The secret to baking cookies for your Elf on the Shelf is the BEST Vanilla Sugar Cookie recipe, frosted and decorated with an Easy Royal Icing. Simple designs and some creative staging are simply the best Christmas fun!
Hope you are inspired and enjoy their adventures and fun this holiday season!
CHRISTMAS ELVES BAKING HOLIDAY SUGAR COOKIES
Our Christmas elves have been getting into all kinds of mischief - and we're loving it! We discovered that they LOVE baking and decorating Vanilla Sugar cookies as much as our little ones do!
WHAT IS THE ELVES' SECRET FOR PERFECT SUGAR COOKIES?
To ensure the wonderfully soft sugar cookies of your dreams, you want to roll the dough about ¼-inch thick. This may seem too thick when you are rolling and cutting, but it’s absolutely key if you want perfect sugar cookies for munching and decorating!
If you’ve found your cut-out sugar cookies lose their shape in the past, it could have been due to a few factors (too much butter in the recipe, dough too warm, dough not rolled thick enough, etc.), but I can tell you that this recipe yields absolutely beautiful edges that do not spread if you take care to roll to the appropriate thickness (if rolled too thin then they can spread) and chill the cut-out dough before baking.
CHRISTMAS ELVES LOVE HOLIDAY PIE!
ELF TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST HOLIDAY SUGAR COOKIES:
CHRISTMAS ELVES LOVE TO BAKE & HAVE FUN AT THE PIZZA SHOPPE!
CHRISTMAS ELVES LOVE BACKYARD BONFIRES AND HAVING S'MORE FUN!
CHRISTMAS ELVES SHARE THEIR TIPS & TRICKS FOR DECORATING WITH ROYAL ICING:
CHRISTMAS ELVES LOVE HOLIDAY PUZZLE TIME!
CREAM CHEESE SUGAR COOKIES:
3 cups + 2 Tablespoons (390g) all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
4 ounces block cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
1 large egg (room temperature)
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
FROSTING: (for Bakery Frosting see SnowflakesandCoffeecakes.com)
EASY ROYAL ICING:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons meringue powder
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
2 Tablespoons flavoring (I use clear vanilla)
8-10+ Tablespoons water (room temperature)
AmeriColor Soft Gel Food Coloring (strongly recommended!)
FOR DECORATING: Royal Icing, Sprinkles, Dragees and Sparkling Sugar (optional)
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: Makes about 36 (three-inch) cookies
RECIPE NOTES: These cookies will stay fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: You can easily make these holiday cookies gluten-free by replacing the all-purpose flour with an equal amount of good quality gluten-free flour!
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Plain baked cookies freeze well up to 1 month. Thaw overnight UNOPENED on your kitchen countertop before decorating.
FOR PARTIES: I package cookies individually in self-sealing clear cellophane cello bags (Pack It Chic are my favorite brand). Make sure cookies are completely dry after decorating before packaging. To make ahead, place individually wrapped and sealed cookies in a larger airtight container and freeze. Thaw on your countertop before serving - do not thaw in refrigerator (you are trying to minimize moisture during defrosting, which can cause your frosting designs to run or bleed).
TO KEEP THESE COOKIES SOFT: These cookies will stay soft and fresh in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Originally published December 2021; revised and reposted December 2022.
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