One of my favorite family Christmas tradition is cookie decorating. My aunt bakes a TON of sugar cookies and makes her famous cream cheese frosting. She employs me to mix the different colors into frosting, since she says I'm a painter. We get all the kids together and just have so much fun decorating, the adults even join in. We come up with some pretty creative designs!
Here's my aunt's recipe, she's perfected it over the years so it's simple and makes delicious cookies:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
Heat oven to 350° In a large blow, beat the sugar, butter, vanilla and egg with an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in the flour. On a floured surface, roll the dough flat and thin. Use cookie cutters to create cookie shapes and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown, remove immediately and cool on wire rack.
For the frosting, and let me tell you this frosting is so delicious you could eat it straight:
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup (2/3 stick) butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese
In a mixing bowl combine powdered sugar, salt, milk, vanilla, butter and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
Everyone has a lot of fun decorating. You can use sprinkles and candies to decorate with, and use cake decorating tips with plastic bags to create details.
To create different colors I mixed:
50% yellow + 50% red= orange
Equal parts red + blue+ yellow=brown
90% green + 10% red=dark green
50% blue + 50% green=turquoise
My aunt's dog Rusty had fun scavenging for scraps.
Enjoy the cookies with some milk, and refrigerate the leftovers :)