Oh yes! It's Christmas sugar cookie bakin' time here in our home! ;) Jared and I spent from yesterday evening until this afternoon baking sugar cookies. Okay, not ALL that time. Last evening we made the sugar cookie dough and let it chill in the fridge overnight. I used this recipe, The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies, from All Recipes and IT IS A KEEPER! Yay! I finally found a good, yummy and reliable recipe. Thanks to those of you who suggested some of your recipes. Sorry I didn't get to try them out. The cookie dough was very easy to make and wasn't fussy. Plus, the cookies baked nicely, a little crisp on the outside but light and soft on the inside. YUM! Even better with some frosting and nonpareils/colored sugar/jimmies on them!
Jared had fun. He is at that perfect age, in my opinion, where he can listen to directions and follow through on them. Plus, I could give him a cooking task, e.g. turn off and on the mixer and at certain speeds, cut out the cookies and place them onto the cookie sheets, frost and decorate them, and know he can do it all by himself and do it well. He was a SUPER sous chef!
Here are some pics of our baking adventures. Oh, and you KNOW we had to "taste test" one or two of them (in Jared's own words ;) )...he, me, Dad and even the girlies. Now, we'll see how long the cookies go uneaten in our home - Ha! :D
Jared cutting out the cookiesAll ready for the ovenIn the oven, at 400* for 6 to 8 minutes. 7 minutes was perfect for my oven. I also rotated them halfway through the baking time.Mmmm, mmmm! All baked and cooling off. FYI, I used parchment paper to cook my cookies on. Excellent! I also tried rolling them out on a floured surface and on a powdered-sugared surface. In my opinion, I think the flour worked better for rolling out, e.g. not having the dough stick.Jared frosting. I went with my "friend" Betty's frosting recipe. Somehow I can never beat her cream cheese frosting recipe ;)Mmmmm! Perfect on the inside too!The girlies enjoying a "taste test"...Anna - "i can't comment with my mouth full here!"Suzan - "ohhhhhh yeah! give me more!!"Bethany - "i give you props for these most awesome cookies!!!!!"Brielle - "hmmm, let me chew on this for a while and get back to you..."Jared being a mad man with the nonpareils, jimmies and colored sugarYUMMY!Round ones...Small, bell-shaped ones...Candy cane ones...Christmas tree ones...Jared frosted and decorated this oneAnd yet, sadly, a one-legged gingerbread boy one...but Mama's tummy "took care" of the broken leg - still yummy! :DHappy Christmas baking and eating!