Spiced Holiday Sugar Cookies Recipe
For Cookies: Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat sugar and butter, using an electric mixer on medium, in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in egg and 2 tsp vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually beat in flour mixture just combined. Gather dough into a ball and flatten into a disc. Wrap with plastic. Refrigerate dough until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-in thickness. Cut into shapes with your favourite cookie cutters. Arrange on prepared sheets 1 in apart.
Bake until lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Then transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely.
For Colourful Cookie Icing: Combine icing sugar, 3 tsp milk and remaining 1/2 tsp vanilla extract in a medium bowl. (Stir in remaining 1 tsp milk as needed to thin icing, or more icing sugar to thicken, if needed.) Place small amount of icing into small shallow bowls, using one bowl for each colour desired. Stir drops of food colour into icing until desired shade is reached.
To ice cookies, hold cookie by its edge and dip top of cookie into icing or spoon the icing onto the cookie using a teaspoon. Place iced cookies on a rack set over foil-covered baking sheet to dry. (The foil-covered sheet will catch drips.) To add decorative detail to cookies, spoon tinted icing into resealable plastic bags. Snip off a tiny piece of the corner. Squeeze icing through the hole in the bag to decorate cookies.
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Last updated: October 26th, 2021
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