When I think of Christmas cookies my mind goes straight to sugar cookies. To me they are the staple cookie of Christmas. To me it isn’t Christmas until you have decorated some sugar cookies. So, let us talk sugar cookies!!!
The good thing about sugar cookies is that you can make them any flavor! All you need to do is exchange the vanilla extract with any extract of your choice (some flavors may need more than the vanilla measurement). My personal favorite is lemon, but I also like orange and maple sugar cookies.
For this creation I actually used someone else sugar cookie recipe from Sugar Spun Run, so feel free to use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. All I did was color and decorate them!
To make the spiral cookies what I did was
- divided the cookie batter into 4 even portions, wrap two in plastic wrap, and refrigerate.
- With the other two portions color each whatever color you desire, wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 min to and hour.
- Preheat oven to whatever you recipe tells you to.
- Get one of the portions out and roll out, on a lightly floured parchment paper, to about 1/4 inch thick (I would also flour both sides of the dough and the rolling pin). Make sure your surface is consistently floured so your dough does not stick to your surface.
- Once rolled out move that portion aside, and get another portion out and complete step four.
- Lay one rolled out dough on top of the other and cut a rectangle as large as you can.
- Roll up and stick in the fridge for another 30 min to an hour, While you work on the other two dough balls. Stick the second log in the fridge and get the first one out.
- Cut cookie pieces in 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, let it cool and decorate with your favorite icing!
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
- The red cookies in this picture are peppermint. To make it so I added about a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract into just the red dough when I added the color to that dough in step two. To make it extra peperminty, I also added 1 crushed candy cane into just the red dough as well in step 2 (in the green dough I added sprinkles during step 2). You can use this technique with any extract if you only want a portion of the dough flavored.
- To have some fun with flavor and texture you can always add nuts and candies on top of decorated sugar cookies (candy canes, candied nuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, crushed cookies, bacon and so on).