mjoe posed a question on last week's Open Thread that went unanswered so we thought we'd post it here: Best christmas cookies to make with a 4 year old? They have to be fun to make and decorate, fairly easy for me (not cuz I'm a baking lightweight, just cuz I don't have time for anything complicated), and totally delicious.
Below is the recipe our wonderful neighbor uses for her basic holiday cookies which provide a delicious blank slate for decorating. In this spirit, let's have an Ohdeedoh Cookie Recipe Swap - weigh in with your family's favorite holiday cookie recipe in the comments below.
It doesn't have to be a sugar or butter cookie for decorating - chocolate, molasses, whatever cookie disappears the quickest at your house.
Butter Cut Out Cookies
- 2 sticks of real butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 2.5 cups sifted flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter. Gradually add in the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and almond extract. Gradually blend in the flour. Chill. Roll out to 1/8" thickness. Cut into shapes. Bake 8-12 minutes. Top with buttercream frosting.
Rich Buttercream Frosting
- 3 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup soft butter (real)
- 2 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar
Beat well. Divide, add food coloring, stir and frost!
(Image via Robin Wood.)