Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas cookies

Nothing says Christmas like a warm smile, snowflakes and holiday cookies.

This year Lady E Cooks took a long break for a variety of reason...but I'm back to baking starting with Christmas cookies.

Sugar cookies with champagne frosting and little sprinkles to set the spirit bright
Sugar cookies have to be the easiest and most versatile recipe on earth. One, because of the limited ingredients and two...no leavening agent. Nope, no eggs to bind, no baking soda or baking powder ... so, if you're out of those, but have the basic ingredients below you can create a variety of tasty treats for friends and family. Most of all you can be as creative as you want... top with jam, cream cheese frosting, sprinkles, no sprinkles and they are suitable for any special occasion. Just imagine to your hearts content.
 
Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 lbs unsalted butter - 3 US sticks
3.5 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 lbs confectioners sugar - for frosting
 
Follow any sugar cookie recipe...making sure the butter is at room temp, the vanilla has lots of flavor and put in fridge to chill once combined to firm up the dough for at least 30 minutes.  Roll out dough and form cookies with cookie cutters. Once baked and cooled...around 12 minutes allow to cool.

Frosting was inspired by the Christmas Eve champagne I was sipping. Put powdered sugar in stand mixer and pour two tablespoons of champagne into bowl and mix on low, then increase speed to blend.
Use a small spoon or teaspoon measure to pour frosting on cooled cookies.  I tried dipping then, but just a bit messy for me. Before frosting hardens place candy on top either randomly or strategically.
Be sure to drink a little less of the champagne as the night progresses...or the cookies become a hot mess and the 1/4 teaspoon measures get caught in the garbage disposal like mine did. All in good fun and cheer. When that happens .... it's time to turn in and fix the issue in the morning light. LOL!

Merry Christmas to all and may your spirits be bright on this beautiful Christmas Sunday.
Remember cooking with love makes every recipe taste better.
Lady E Cooks - 2016