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December 04, 2009

Christmas cookies

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I got an order for 8 dozen Christmas cookies on Monday. I have a family sugar cookie recipe that is just wonderful. I love it. Anyway I made the cookies Wednesday night, and last night frosted them and delivered them this morning. The cookies turned out great. But I had MAJOR issues with the icing. It just wouldn't stay consistent. I like to outline with a thicker icing tip 3, then once it dries fill in with a thinner icing. It just looks so nice. But this time the thicker icing was too thick then too runny and after awhile it started to separate. I don't know if my recipe needs tweaking or if it's something else. It's the same recipe I've used for the last 20+ years, and my mom and grandmother before that! I think I did something wrong. Maybe added too much milk when it was too thick, then couldn't get the balance right after that. It's a lesson in only adding a tsp at a time when thinning icing!  Either way I wasn't as happy with these results as last years. Oh well. Doing 8 dozen in one night I didn't have alot of time so I just got it done. Here is the recipe if your interested!

Sugar Cookies
3 1/4 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 C Butter and margarine
1 C sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C thick sour cream
Sift flour, soda, salt, nutmeg and powder. In separate bowl cream butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, sour cream. Mix in dry ingredients. Chill in fridge for 3-4 hours roll out to 1/4 inch cut into shapes. Cook at 350 for 15 mins.

4 1/2 C powder sugar
1/4 C milk
1/3 C butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp peppermint extract
Food coloring (optional)
Mix butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and peppermint add more milk if needed.