Christmas Cookies - Soft, Subtle Sweetness & Grandma's Icing!
Baking & decorating Christmas cookies as a family is my favourite tradition each year. What I like best about this recipe is that the cookies are soft and not too sweet, so after icing them GENEROUSLY, they are amazing!
1 ½ cups soft butter
2 cups white sugar
2 cups sour cream
4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
6 cups white flour
Cover the dough and put in the fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours)
Roll out with as little flour as possible.
I usually divide the dough into 3 sections and roll out one at a time so I can leave the rest it in the fridge. When it gets too warm it will be sticky and more difficult to work with.
Now for the fun part!!
ICING & DECORATING.
Half of us just like the plain chocolate icing with coconut, or my favourite - chocolate icing with score bits (as you can see above!)
Others like lots of colour and sprinkles. Truth be told... I find icing cookies as therapeutic as colouring!
Grandma Hiebert’s ICING:
½ cup butter (soft, not melted)
2 ½ cups icing sugar
2-3 tsp Vanilla
Pinch of salt
5 tbsp milk
Mix and separate icing into different bowls to dye the colours you would like
* Handy Tip *
I make 2 recipes of the icing, one recipe just for all the colours, the other just chocolate. To make the chocolate version simply add ¼ cup cocoa and if it needs a bit more milk for smooth spreadable consistency add a tablespoon or 2 of milk.
I think you got this from here on in...!
However you apply your icing... piping bag, spatula (or they never get that far because you just "dip and down" them as a family) enjoy your time in the kitchen together over the holiday season!