I’m no baker, but I can still appreciate the baking of others! One my my favourite things to do around Christmas is to bake and decorate Sugar Cookies with Mikey. He, of course, loves to cut out the cookies and decorate them with icing and sprinkles. So this year for our cookies we enlisted the help of my friend Olivia (who also models for me sometimes) because she is a wonderful baker.
Olivia arrived at the house early in the morning with a bag of ingredients and some coffee, we began our day of drinking coffee together and hanging out in the kitchen baking cookies. It was dreary and cold outside, but soon the apartment was filled with the warm smell of butter, sugar and vanilla.
Mikey was a far better kitchen helper than me, watching as Olivia made the dough and getting a little impatient as we put it in the fridge to chill for a few hours.
He chose the cutter shapes carefully, deciding which ones he wanted to make and pressing them down into the chilled, rolled out dough. He watched the kitchen timer for us while the cookies were in the oven and began to get excited as we pulled the first batch out. He didn’t want to have to wait for them to cool before he decorated them, so instead he sampled one of the warm cookies and went to watch cartoons while he waited to be able to decorate the cookies.
This recipe turned out wonderfully, when I make sugar cookies myself they normally turn out too dry and crumbly. So I asked Olivia if it was alright for me to share her recipe with you:
Olivia’s Rolled Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
In an electric mixer, cream together softened butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, stir in flour and baking powder.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill, preferably overnight but for a minimum of 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 400F. Roll out chilled dough to just under 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut out the cookies. Place cookies on a cookie tin and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Cool completely, then decorate with icing and sprinkles! Makes approx 2 dozen cookies (probably more though, depending on size of cookie cutters).
The decorating and the eating were Mikey’s favourite part of the day! They aren’t too elaborately decorated, but it is the fun process and the taste that counts!
Do you have any favourite recipes for your holiday baking?