Sugar Cookies – A Fun Family Activity

When Thanksgiving weekend came around, I couldn’t wait for it to be over so that we could put up our tree and get our house decorated.  Now that it is almost Christmas, I am having a hard time keeping up the holiday spirit.  Today, I spent the afternoon baking sugar cookies, a yearly tradition, with my family and it was just the ticket to get me back into the holiday mood.  We like our sugar cookies covered with icing and sprinkles.  This is not a healthy recipe at all, but it is the perfect holiday treat.  My kids love making these cookies and I am ready for the next few days of holiday activities!

This recipe is great because it is easy and uses ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry.  I shared this recipe here last Friday but I thought I would share it again.

To make the sugar cookies:


1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

1 egg

1 t. cream of tartar

1 cup margarine, softened

1/2 t. almond extract

2 1/2 cup flour

1 t. baking soda

Mix powdered sugar, margarine, vanilla, almond extract, and egg.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.  When it comes out of the refrigerator, it may seem crumbly.  Mix it up and knead the dough by hand.  Roll out on a lightly floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut shapes. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes.  The longer they cook, the crispier they will be.  Cool on a baking rack.

To make the frosting:


1lb powdered sugar

1 stick of butter

1 tsp vanilla

a few ounces of water

Combine butter, vanilla, and powdered sugar in the mixer.  Add water and until it is a frosting consistency.  Dish into bowls and add food coloring if desired.  When you aren’t using the frosting, keep covered with a damp paper towel so frosting doesn’t harden in bowl.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe?  If you would like to share it, please leave us a note in the comments!

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