Whether it’s a Christmas soiree hosted by your favorite coworker, a holiday get-together with your family and friends or even a girls night in front of the TV watching your favorite Christmas classics, it’s always best to bring something. You don’t want to show up empty handed. Bringing these winter wonderland themed sugar cookies will be the perfect addition to any party. Get ready for ooh’s and ah’s when you show up with these!

Ready to roll up your sleeves and get baking? Here’s a recipe guaranteed to impress guests at your next holiday festivity!

Winter Wonderland Cookies

 

Sugar Cookies

Recipe adapted from bake at 350.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (salted butter, chilled and cut up
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together dry ingredients and set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Then add the egg and vanilla and almond extracts to the mix and combine until smooth. Continue to beat while gradually adding the bowl of dry ingredients, scraping the sides of the bowl until all the ingredients are combined.

The dough itself will be crumbly, but spend time kneading it together. If it’s still too crumbly, add a teaspoon of milk or heavy cream to make it easier to roll out.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface, and grab the cookie cutters you want to use. Lay the cut out shapes on the cookie sheets, making sure to put cookies that are similar sizes on a pan together so they can all bake evenly. Let the pan sit in the freezer for five minutes before baking, and then slide into the oven. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 

Once fully cooled, set the cookies aside.

Now here comes the fun part: the decorating. In this post we’ve come up with two different techniques for decorating snowflake cookies and tree cookies.

Snow Glaze

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream 

Piping Frosting

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 32 oz powdered sugar  (1 bag)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2-1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup

Beat together the butter and slowly add powdered sugar. Once smooth, mix together the extracts and salt. Finally, add in the heavy cream and corn syrup, and mix together. Separate into two bowls. Add a few drops of green food coloring in one bowl and blue food coloring in another bowl. Blend to create the frosting for the trees and snowflake.

How to Make the “Watercolor Paint”

In a small bowl, mix together equal parts food coloring and water (or vodka, which makes the liquid evaporate easier). Simply stir these two ingredients together, grab your favorite small-tip paint brush and start designing your cookies.

O’ Christmas Painted Trees

For the painted trees, mix together the glaze ingredients and slowly dip the top of the cookie to cover it with a thin layer. Set aside to dry. Mix together your watercolor paint, and once dried, use the brush to lightly paint. 

Let It Snowflakes. 

For the snowflakes, layer different sized stars and snowflakes on top of each other, using a dab of frosting as the “glue” to stick them together. After achieving the desired shape, use blue and white frosting to pipe on in different designs. You can use dots, lines and swirls, painting as simply or intricately as you like. 

So if you’re snowed in for the day, or having an upcoming party to go to, get baking with these super cute cookies! We want to see all your baking adventures too, so tag us in your Instagram stories and posts!

Happy baking!