Christmas Cookies

I wanted share a recipe for my favorite sugar cookies. They are so delicious! They come from a recipe I found at www.Williams-Sonoma.com awhile ago.

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:  
5-cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
4 sticks unsalted butter
6 oz. cream cheese
2 cups sugar ( I use 1 cup of Splenda-sugar blend)
2 egg yolks
2 Tbs. vanilla extract

Directions:

Have all the ingredients at room temperature.

Sift together the flour and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer with the flat beater, beat the butter, cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour/salt mixture at a time until it is thoroughly mixed. 

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Using floured hands, form the dough into a smooth mound and divide into 2 equal portions.  Shape each into a disk and wrap separately with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.

Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove 1 dough disk at a time from the refrigerator and let stand for 10 minutes.  Place the dough on a clean, floured work surface and roll out to 1/4 thickness.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Dip the cookie cutters into flour and cut out the shapes.  Place on your prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies until lightly golden on the edges, 10-16 minutes depending on cookie size.

Here are some more photos I took when I was cutting out the cookies

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Here is the Icing Recipe I used and it turned out pretty good

Powdered Sugar Icing

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
food color, if desired

Directions:

Combine powdered sugar, water, 1 tablespoon butter, corn syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in small mixer bowl; mix until powdered sugar is moistened. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional water if necessary, to reach desired glazing consistency. Tint with food color, if desired.

source for the icing: http://www.christmas-cookies.com/recipes/recipe288.powdered-sugar-icing-i.html

Next time I am going to try a buttercream icing. Try this recipe if you want:

http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Buttercream-Icing

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