CHRISTMAS ELVES BAKING SUGAR COOKIES
Our Christmas elves have been getting into all kinds of mischief - and we're loving it! We discovered that they LOVE Vanilla Sugar cookies as much as our little ones do! Hope you are inspired and enjoy their adventures and fun this holiday season!
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!
CHRISTMAS ELVES LOVE HOLIDAY DONUTS!
CHRISTMAS ELVES LOVE TO BAKE HOLIDAY PIES!
CHRISTMAS ELVES AT THE PIZZA SHOPPE!
CHRISTMAS ELVES HAVING S'MORE FUN!
HOLIDAY PUZZLE TIME WITH THE CHRISTMAS ELVES!
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
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.
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.
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