There are a lot of great things about the holidays — binge-watching Christmas movies meant for children, listening to the same songs for an entire month without being judged (thanks, Mariah Carey), and binge-eating for 25 days straight with little judgment. I mean, everywhere you turn — there's a freakin' cookie, or truffle, or very boozy punch. How could we not partake?
I tend to bake up a frenzy during the holiday season. My go-to's are peanut butter balls and cinnamon popcorn, but sugar cookies are a staple in any home, right? There are so many versions of sugar cookies, too — melty, soft ones or beautiful (maybe only on the inside), frosted perfections. But the best part of sugar cookies are their curb appeal — how cute and seasonal they can be.
We found this recipe from Lovely Indeed a few years ago and have made it before, with our marbled conversation heart cookies with obnoxious pop culture phrases. And of course, the pop culture phrases are back with a holiday twist — SLEIGH WHAT? Use our recommendations or pull out your own puns, but only if you share them in the comments or by making sure we know about it on our Instagram!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- cookie cutters
- food coloring (I used green and red — I tried pink & neon green but it wasn't as pretty)
- fookie stamp set (I found mine at Flying Tiger)
- Follow this recipe for the best cut-out sugar cookies — the trick is that they don't rise or expand much, which is perfect for the letters that you'll stamp into them! Separate the dough into sections — I split mine into thirds because I had 3 colors (red, green & no color) to use. Add your food coloring to each section of dough, separately, and work it into the dough until it's completely incorporated.
- After you've mixed the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for one hour or overnight. Once chilled, roll the dough out separately out onto a floured countertop to about 1/4" thick. To make the marbled dough, take a portion of each color and stack it on top of each other. Don't do all the dough all at once, because as you work the dough, it starts to get all mixed together so it doesn't look as pretty, so start with bits at a time. Fold the dough into itself 2-3 times, and then roll it out again with the rolling pin. Cut with cookie cutters and lay the shapes on baking sheets (I line mine with parchment paper always). You can look on the back of the dough, too, to see which side has better marbling. Repeat until the rest of the dough is gone.
- Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Take your stamps and start writing out your phrases! I didn't use the loading tool that comes with the stamps, and instead just used each letter individually, which can be tedious but yielded nice results. Start from the middle of the word and work out so you get it centered perfectly.
- Place in the oven and cook for 6-10 minutes. Watch them carefully toward the end, because they brown easily on the sides and it doesn't look as nice. Once baked, set out to cool, then enjoy!
THINGS TO PUT ON YOUR COOKIES:
- All the jingle ladies
- Sleigh my name, sleigh my name
- Son of the nutcracker!
- Dabbing through the snow
- Let's take an elfie
- Make it reindeer
- Sleigh what?
- Elf you
Photos and text © copyright Katie Currid, 2016. All rights reserved. Recipe adapted from Lovely Indeed.