It’s cookie-baking time again, but this year why not try something new with sugar cookies? Families in Utah means lots of kids, so take advantage of that and put together a fun puzzle package for children and adults to work on together.
This year I’m giving my nieces and their young families cookie jars filled with word puzzles – and those puzzles are made of sugar cookies. Since most of the kids in my families are school age or just younger and starting to learn the alphabet, I thought it would be fun to make cookies of their names and some Christmassy things and bag them in separate zipper bags. I’ll add a few other goodies, some hot chocolate and marshmallows and wrap it all up. They have a great cookie jar to fill later and everybody gets to eat their work.
My first task was to find a cookie recipe that wouldn’t spread and I found a great one. This makes a bunch of cookies – I got some Christmas greetings, the names of four adults, six kids and a dog with extra for other people’s holiday treats. It could easily be cut in half and the cookies are delicious. You can find alphabet cookie cutters online or at your favorite kitchen store.
No Spread Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups butter (1 pound), softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten with
- 1-tablespoon vanilla or
- 2-teaspoons vanilla and 1-teaspoon almond extract
- 6 cups flour
- 1-tablespoon baking powder
- 1-teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees before you bake for at least 30 minutes. Mix butter and sugar together on medium speed for 5 minutes. Mix together eggs and flavorings and add to butter and sugar mixture. Sift dry ingredients together, add and mix until dough comes together completely.
Chill wrapped tightly in plastic for at least 1-2 hours or overnight. Bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 10-11 minutes. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then move cookies to a rack until completely cool.
Be sure to watch the slideshow with this article. There is an easy way to get all of your cookies rolled out to the same thickness, and some hints on how to keep this project organized. It may sound daunting, but I think they are going to love it!
Part two: We decorate!
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Source: Adapted from a recipe on Bakespace.com