Tuesday, December 9, 2008

TWD- Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies! Nothing says Christmas more than these, especially to my husband. His family used to make these every year for Christmas and at some point (I'm presuming during their teenage years) they decided it just wasn't worth it. I've tried my best to reincarnate this holiday tradition and every Christmas since we got married, even when we were stuck in Utah two years ago since I was too pregnant to travel home, we've made them. Even better, this recipe is easy to make, has DELICIOUS dough, and rolls out like a dream. I made a double batch and put 50 straight into the freezer to take to scouts on Thursday. I'm sure the boys will end up with some interesting designs- it should be a lot of fun for everyone!

Thanks to Ulrike for this fun choice. Find the recipe there and whip some up tonight. With a quick dough, good freezability, and perfect rolling texture, I think these are just right. Next time I'll roll them a little thicker since I prefer a chewy sugar cookie (well, I prefer all my cookies to be chewier) but these crisp, easy to ice cookies are perfect. Don't miss all the other beautiful sugar cookies from the talented Tuesdays with Dorie bakers.

Lemon Glaze
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon meringue powder

Combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Dip cookies to ice and allow frosting to harden.

26 comments:

Queen B. said...

I agree...it's not Christmas until the sugar cookies are made ! I can't wait to make mine.
Yours are just precious !!

Cathy said...

They look beautiful, and I totally agree that these say "Christmas" more than any other treat! I bet that your family and friends are all happy that you've revived this tradition!

Katrina said...

Love traditions! Love stars! Great job, glad you liked them!

Megan said...

I sliced mine thicker as well, I don't like crispy cookies. And sugar cookies practically scream Christmas, and they are my husband's favorite too!

Jess said...

How pretty and simple...and how great that you're carrying on that tradition!

Prudy said...

They look so pretty! We end up making sugar cookies for almost every holiday. I blame my son who is crazy about them.

chocolatechic said...

Lemon glaze.

Wonderful.

I did mine with orange.

Maria said...

I love the stars!! Nice work!

n.o.e said...

Won't the boys have fun with them? Love the lemon glaze!
Nancy

Kayte said...

Oh, I love the stars and the lemon glaze sounds perfect for those...thanks for including the glaze recipe. Am so doing those this season...great idea!

Kirsten said...

We used to always decorate sugar cookies as kids as well. Last year I didn't make them but seeing all these great recipes, I think I might have to make them this year!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

There's NO TELLING what those kids will come up with. Think I'll borrow your idea for Christmas with the nephews.

Carrian said...

I am on a constant search for a good sugar dough recipe so I am excited to try this!!

vibi said...

So perfect, they seem to be flotting on air! WOW! Beautiful, Anne!

kim said...

they look great! the glaze is so nice and shiny. yum:) i thought the dough was delicious, too... couldn't stop eating it!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Sugar cookies just say Christmas. Yours came out beautiful.

Tammy said...

the glaze is a great idea!

doughmesstic said...

My husbands family used to do these as a tradition, too, but he made such a big ugly mess of the icing every year, they finally stopped. Go figure.
Kudos to you to keep a nice thing going - and these look great!

Meghan said...

My dh just volunteered me to make a bunch of cookies for his job...so he can hand them out.
This recipe will be on the top of my list...I so love that cook (bake) book!

Teanna said...

Thanks for that lemon glaze recipe, I'm going to have to try it! I like my cookies thicker as well... yours look absolutely beautiful!

Leslie said...

Your stars are fabulous! I love a lemon glaze but was too lazy to glaze mine!

Jodie said...

Very fun. We'll be "stuck" in UT this year for Christmas. Not looking forward to the cold!!

Peggy said...

You just have to have sugar cookies for Christmas! I can't wait to make these. Love the star shapes. I am sure those "scouts" will gobble them right up.

ostwestwind said...

Glad you liked them, they are so easy to make. I like your star shaped version.

Thanks for baking with me and TWD.

Ulrike from k├╝chenlatein

The Food Librarian said...

These look lovely and the start of Christmas!!!

mangomissives said...

Sugar cookies are one of my husband's favorite types of cookies. I always make some this time of year just for him. It's not Xmas without sugar cookies. I am such a good wifey-poo.