cut out cookies and gingerbread cut out cookies recipe

 

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Here is the cut out cookie recipe that we use for these cookies.  For our large family we doubled this recipe.

  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 5 c flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  For these cookies I do not use my “healthy raw sugar or white whole wheat flour,”  I use the “bad for you regular sugar and white flour,” it makes a better cookie.  Then beat in your eggs and vanilla.  Next beat in your dry ingredients until mixed thoroughly.  Put into a container and chill for a few hours or overnight.

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Roll them out and cut with cookie cutters.  Bake 400 for about 7 minutes.

For the gingerbread men cookies you will need the following, we doubled this recipe as well for our large family.

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 c flour
  • 2 t ginger
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/4 t salt

Cream your butter, sugar, and molasses.  Add egg and vanilla.  After mixed thoroughly, add your dry ingredients.  Wrap your dough in waxed paper or parchment paper and chill.

 

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Roll the dough out and cut out gingerbread men shapes.  Bake 350 for about 8 minutes.Image00019

For decorating these cookies we make the following frosting:

  • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 3 T butter, softened
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 T milk

Beat all until thoroughly mixed.  If you need a thinner consistency, add more milk.  You can leave white or dye with different food colorings.

This is where the fun part comes in.  For extra fun, let your 1,2,3,4,6, and 8 year old loose in the kitchen with bowls filled with sugar, sprinkles, and candy toppings.  Yikes!!!

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I know at one point, some of them were just spooning up the frosting, dipping it into sprinkles and then eating it:)
Image00050 For those of you that were recipients of our cookie packages this year, I promise that we gave you the “safe” cookies.  The ones that the older children did, no licking at all, I promise.Image00051 They had so much fun making these cookies.  Even though it made a complete mess in the kitchen, I was smart this year and did not do it at the table, which would of been an even bigger mess, they had so much fun.  I am glad that we only do these once per year.  Some got creative and made “real faces” and accessorized the trees properly.  While others just blobbed on frosting and a bunch of sprinkles.  I think there were more sprinkles and frosting, smeared on the counter tops and floors then on the actual cookies:)  Fun fun.Image00055 Here was the “safe zone”  no licking children allowed.  We bought candy eyeballs for our gingerbread men.  We also used mini M&Ms.  Image00056Not too bad after an hour of decorating.  These bowls were at one time white and yellow frosting.  I am not sure how they both got green?!?!!?

Image00063 I had to post a picture of my favorite cookies.  The eyeball star, was a true winner in our household.  The cookie on the right was a marbled effect, done by a talented 2 year old, who enjoyed smearing the frosting.  I am thinking we should market those, marbleized sugar cookies:)  The tree was just a little bit of everything, not really anything.  Image00067

Not too bad for a large family decorating day.

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