You may remember that back in the middle of December  we posted a blog about the wonderful Open House we held at the Dungeness Barn House B&B. At the end of that blog we said that we’d include the recipe for the cookies in a LATER recipe blog. Well, now it’s later! And if fabric stores can hold sales for Christmas in July, then… Christmas cookie recipes in July must be just as appropriate, right? Okay, better than never, especially with this great recipe. On the other hand maybe we are really helpful by blogging a great holiday recipe for those of you who like to prepare early. Yes, that’s it! ENJOY!
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Colored Icing Ingredients
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons water
3 to 4 drops food coloring, plus more as needed
Colored sprinkles, optional [we used ‘googley’ eyes, noses, mustaches….]
Cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder. In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll out a portion of cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased or nonstick cookie sheets. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minute, rotating baking sheet halfway through cooking time. Cool completely on pans about 5 minutes, transfer to cooling racks and cool completely before decorating. 24 cookies.
Icing: In a small bowl, mix sugar and water to form a thick, smooth icing. Stir in food coloring to reach desired shade. Drop icing onto cookies using a small teaspoon and smooth with the back of the spoon. Make additional bowls for additional colors. Multi-colored sprinkles can be added on top of icing before it dries for more decorative cookies, if desired.