Every year, my grandmother makes a HUGE batch of sugar cookies.
They can be made from a mix or from scratch (recipe below). She cuts them into holiday-themed shapes, Santa, bells, trees, etc.
On Christmas Eve, my sister and I come over and decorate them with icing and sprinkles.
They're super easy and a fun gift for family and friends.
Sugar Cookie Recipe:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling dough
Evaporated milk (one can is usually enough)
**Don't forget the sprinkles!
Step 1: Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
Step 2: Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Step 3: Preheat oven to 375. Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack.
Step 4: Make sure cookies are COMPLETELY cooled before decorating.
Step 5: Heat the evaporated milk in a saucepan. When warm, slowly add in powdered sugar, until you get a slightly runny icing. Mix in whatever color you like. Frost the cookies and top with sprinkles. Set aside to let icing dry.
**Pro-tip: My family makes several different colors of icing so each cookie looks a little different**