The Christmas holiday season is a perfect time to make Sugar Cookies with festive toppings!
Most bakers know that holiday Sugar Cookies are made with cutouts using chilled cookie dough that has been rolled out. Most of us who have made the cut-out Sugar Cookies know they are fun cookies to make but they take some planning and quite a chunk of time since the cookies are made with chilled dough and lots of rolling. This Holiday Sugar Cookie recipe is different — the cookie dough is pressed and can be used right after mixing!
These cookies are not only easy to make but they’re an easy alternative to the traditional cut-out sugar cookies. Made with butter, they are rich and so delicious!
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (and extra sugar(s) to sugar the tops)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups unbleached flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar together until somewhat light and fluffy. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, then mix the ingredients together. In a small cup, fork-blend the 2 eggs with the vanilla. Add egg mixture into the bowl of cookie dough and stir ingredients together well, scraping sides, until the dough is thoroughly blended.
Pinch off small, spoon-sized clumps of cookie dough — these clumps of cookie dough will become 1 1/2-inch balls of dough. With each pinched clump of dough, hand roll lightly in the palms of your hands, then drop each of them onto a lightly greased baking sheet, about an inch apart.
To flatten the rolled cookie dough balls, use a glass that has been lightly greased on the bottom. Once the glass bottom has been greased, dip it in the sugar(s) and press each roll of dough to flatten. Repeat this process for each cookie ball until they have all been flattened and sugared on top. Note: I use a small plate to hold my coconut butter for greasing and another small plate or two for the sugar topping(s). If making holiday cookies with festive sugars and other toppings, you will need to clean the greased glass each time you switch sugar toppings.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375-degrees for 8-10 minutes, until the edges just begin to turn a light golden brown. Remove from oven and allow cookies to sit for a minute or more to firm up. Then transfer the cookies to cooking racks to cool completely.
Makes about 4 dozen delicious Sugar Cookies.