So, I decided instead of buying gifts for everyone in the French family that I was with for Christmas, that I would continue the cultural exchange and make something that is always a part of Christmas for me: Christmas Sugar Cookies.

The recipe, which I got from my mom, is simple enough:

  • 1 cup (225g) sugar
  • 1 cup (225g) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups (330g) flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. In large bowl, combine sugar, butter/margarine, milk, vanilla and egg. Blend well. Stir in baking powder, salt and flour. Mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate 1 hour for easier handling. (I found it works better if you refrigerate overnight, as well as between batches.)
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll out 1/3 of dough to 1/8 inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough refridgerated.) (I had issues with rolling, so I gave up and flattened with my flour-covered hands, and it was much more efficient.) Cut dough with cookie cutters dipped sugar*. Place on ungreased cookie sheets (Can be useful if there is a little flour on the sheet. Also, if you have a convection oven, you can use a metal pie tin, like me, since it is too small to fit a cookie sheet.) 1 inch apart. You can top with sprinkles or candies.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 9 minutes or until edges are light brown. (175ºC in my convection oven for 9-10 minutes depending on thickness of dough.) Immediately remove from cookie sheets.
    TIP: For ease in cutting, dip cookie cutters in sugar before each cut. (That is a helpful hint for the second round of cutting, as the sugar won’t stick to the cookie cutters if there is not already dough… at least in my experience.)

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