Tobins' Tastes: Traditional Cut Out Christmas Sugar Cookies

Monday, December 3, 2012

Traditional Cut Out Christmas Sugar Cookies

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I have always loved baking. Throughout college and in my first year after graduation I mostly stuck to family favorites like Gooey Bars or Magic Cookie Bars. It wasn't until Justin started EMT school in 2007 that I really got into baking outside of the family recipe book.

It all started one day when Justin had a training ride along with a local fire department and I was visiting Orlando for the weekend as I often did. I had 8 hours to kill and with none of our other friends in town for the weekend, I ended up at Super Target.

Super Target did exactly what Super Target's are designed to do and somehow I got sucked in by a baking display and ended up buying excessive amounts of fall baking supplies. Cookie cutters, sprinkles, food coloring and almond extract all found their way into my cart.

I vaguely remembered Justin mentioning once upon a time that he really liked sugar cookies with almond icing so I got to Googling and found a few different recipes. Based on the limited ingredients Justin and his college housemates had on hand, I combined the recipes to create my own version of sugar cut out cookies with an almond icing.

The cookies were a huge success with both Justin and his roommates.  So I tweaked the recipe and also started making a vanilla version of the icing as well. Then I made them for my family for Christmas that year and just like that my signature cookie was born.

I have made these for Easter, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Football Parties, Graduations, Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, Birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course Christmas. My family requested them for every event for about 3 straight years.

Then I started this blog.

And all food bloggers know, you can't just make your favorite five recipes anymore. You have to mix it up. You have to think outside the box. You are always chasing the newest, funnest, yummiest, most Pinterestry stuff or else no one will read your blog except your mom. And all my mom keeps asking me is, "When are you making me sugar cookies again?"

So for Thanksgiving this year I gave in and made her sugar cookies. Which as food bloggers also know means they were a holiday ahead hence the Christmas themed cookies at Thanksgiving dinner.

But I had to jazz them up a little bit. So along with the traditional almond iced stars and vanilla iced stockings, I added the insanely good White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Candy Cane Cookies. Because everyone knows that recipes with insanely long names are very popular on Pinterest right now. And guess what? My family actually requested that I add them to the regular flavors when I make these all again for real Christmas.

And the best news? My mom can stop calling me a baking sellout who abandons her tried and true recipes for her blog. You're welcome, Mom.

Traditional Cut Out Sugar Cookies
  • 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour  
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • Powered Sugar
  • Vanilla and/or almond extract
  • Milk
  • Food Coloring
1.) In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light. 
2.) Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough. 
3.) Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll out a portion of cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. 
4.) Place on lightly greased or nonstick cookie sheets. Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes depending on your oven or until lightly browned on the edges. Let them cool completely before you try removing them from the baking tray. 

5.) For the icing, mix powered sugar and just enough milk to make a paste. Add food coloring and flavoring as desired. Warning: a little bit of extract goes a long way. Start out small and work your way up to more taste.

6.) I dip the cookie in the icing and then use an offset spatula to scrap of the excess icing and created a smooth look. Decorate while the icing is still wet.

7.) For the M&M candy canes I used these delicious holiday themed White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's and I just pressed them into the wet icing and let them set while the icing hardened. 

Side note: The icing should dry enough to allow the cookies to be stacked for storage or transportation but I always layer them with wax paper to keep them from sticking. Store in an airtight container and share with your cookie obsessed family and friends : )

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  1. They are beautiful cookies, almost too good to eat!

  2. These look awesome. Where did you find those pepperment M&Ms? I've never been able to find them and I WANT THEM! BTW, I hope you'll share this post on our Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap:

    1. They are exclusively at Target so I made sure to stock up last time I was there!

  3. OMG I love this...I've never seen white chocolate peppermint m & ms I know what to make with them. I'm so glad you linked up this project on our homemade holiday party! Don't forget to come and cast your votes for your favorite 5 (and have your friends come out and vote for you too!)


  4. These are so sweet and I love the traditional design.Thank you for taking the time to link up to Whimsy Wednesday! We LOVE your company☺

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}

  5. These are adorable! Just found you at The Nutmeg Place and the All Star linky party #27!! Happy to be a new follower!

  6. These are such sweet cookies! You did an amazing job! I bet they tasted amazing, especially with those M & MS!! Target sucked me in too!

  7. These are super cute you did a great job! And I;ve never seen those M&M's before- I need to find some ASAP!

  8. Okay I LOVE the candy cane shaped cookies with the M&M's totally pinning this!!

    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

  9. Oh these are the cookies of my childhood Christmas! Yummm! I have not seen those M&Ms here yet! Your cookie trays will be gorgeous!

  10. Adorable! The candy cane cookies are my favorite. Thanks for introducing me to peppermint m and m's. I never knew they existed! Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! I hope you have a great weekend.

  11. These are very yummy and oh, so Pinteresty! I will Pin before I leave. Stopping by to say Hi from Friendship Friday.

  12. These all look delish. Hadn't ever heard of peppermint M&M's before, bet they are tasty.
    Thanks for sharing at the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Adorned From Above,
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

  13. These look wonderful. I love sugar cookies and need to make some this year. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday

  14. I love the candy cane cookies! I had no idea they made white chocolate peppermint M&Ms! I LOVE the mint M&Ms, so I'm sure I'll love the peppermint ones too. Thanks for the darling idea and recipe!

  15. These look so good! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! I would love to share your recipe on a cookie post I'm putting together for our sister blog Daily Dish. I will include a link back to your blog!

  16. Kaylee, you did such a great job with these cookies!! They are SO cute!! I LOVE frosted sugar cookies this time of year! Thanks so much for bringing them to our Wicked Good Wednesdays Party! Hope to see what you've been up to again next week!

  17. The post is set to go LIVE on Monday! Would love if you could share with your readers and send them over! Thanks again. Your cookies are so beautiful!

  18. Oh they all look so lovely!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - Hope to see you there again next week with more deliciousness :)

  19. These are so cute! I need to make sugar cookies for Christmas this year,and now you've given me some great ideas for cute Christmas decorations! Thanks for linking up!

  20. These cookies look so cute and delicious!

  21. Such Cute Cookies! Thanks for linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday's! I need to get moving on my sugar cookies! I have to frost them tomorrow!

  22. These look yummy and cute Kaylee! Thanks for sharing on "I Gotta Try That" Have a great week!

  23. Why does my icing never come out this way? LoL

    Everything looks great! I'm your latest follower from the Inspire Me Monday hop.

  24. These are beautiful looking cookies! Ours tend to look....well, if they haven't already fallen apart, they're probably lumpy. But they taste good!

    Following you over from Inspire Me Monday. :)

  25. Hi Kay Lee,
    We just love making Christmas Sugar Cookies, your recipe looks awesome! Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  26. Such pretty cookies! So glad you linked up to The 12 Days of Christmas! Sarah

  27. Your cookies look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope you'll continue to link up with us! Have a great week! :)

  28. These cookies are so cute. The recipe looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

  29. White peppermint M&M! Why have I not bought or tried these before. Cute cookies!

  30. Kaylee,
    These cut out cookies turned out darling! I love the use of the M & M's. Totally borrowing that! Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday :) Have a great week.

  31. These festive cookies are so fun!

    Thanks for linking up with the Winter Wonders & Holiday Happenings!

    Darby @


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