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Monday, December 17, 2018

Iced Christmas Cookies

How is Christmas only ONE week away!? I absolutely love holiday baking.  Well, I really love baking year round but my love is definitely magnified this time of year!  I got this cookie recipe from  one of my awesome coworkers almost 10 years ago and it has never failed me {love you, Kathie!}.  The cookies are so fluffy and soft and the icing adds the perfect amount of sweetness... I had to send most of these cookies with Tall Tan Man to work because I couldn't stop eating them!  

I am by no means a cookie decorator or a perfectionist, but you can totally fake it by using icing bags/tips.  Sprinkles also hide mistakes so find the biggest sprinkles you can!  😆

Iced Christmas Cookies

Cookie Ingredients:

2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter {softened}
1/2 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Sour Cream 
3 Eggs
5 1/2 Cups Flour
2 TSP Baking Powder
2 TSP Baking Soda
1/2 TSP Salt
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 TSP Almond Extract

Cookie Directions:
1.  Mix sugar, butter and shortening until light and fluffy.  

2.  Add sour cream and eggs, and mix until combined.  

3.  In a large bowl mix together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.  

4.  Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go.  Add both extracts.

5.   Place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.  

6.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Roll dough out on a floured surface until it is about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out cookie and place on cookie sheet.  Bake for 6 - 8 minutes until the edges begin to brown.  

Icing Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Butter {softened}
1/2 Cup Shortening
1 TSP Vanilla 
4 Cups Powder Sugar
3 - 4 TBSP Milk 

Icing Directions:

1.  Using your mixer, combine butter and shortening.  Add vanilla.  

2.  Slowly add the powder sugar and then the milk.  You can add more of each of these until you get your desired consistency and flavor.  

3.  Ice the cookies once they are completely cool!  

These are my favorite iced cookies!

If that seems like too much work then you can just dip Oreos in vanilla almond bark.  Sprinkle them with candy canes and call it a day!  

Happy Christmas baking!  

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