fzZ20131206-053253.jpg One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to take a night during December to bake and decorate Christmas cookies. Having a good dough recipe is important, but to be honest, having a variety of icings and “sprinkles” is what makes it festive and fun. There is something heart-warming about sitting around the table together with a pile of cookies to be iced and decorated and everyone creating their own masterpiece.

Christmas Cookies
Get you

2 cups butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
2 eggs
5 cups flour, sifted
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cream of tartar

What to do with the stuff we told you to get-
Cream butter and sugar in a mixer and add vanilla and almond extract. Add eggs one at a time. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly add dry ingredients into the mixer. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough out and cut cookies out using Christmas cookie cutters or scoop dough onto cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 9 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter
Vanilla (if you like it in frosting)
Approximately 2 Tablespoons milk; add slowly so that you can keep the right consistency
Sprinkles for decorating

Cream butter and sugar in a mixer and add vanilla.