Wow. It’s been a good while since I’ve made a post. Been pretty busy over here. One of the things we did while I was taking an unofficial break was have a small cookie decorating party with some of our friends. Now I know most people do Christmas cookies, and we do too, but another favorite tradition of ours is to make Fall cookies. I bought a pack of Fall cookie cutters on clearance some years back, and we’ve used them every year since. Fall is definitely my favorite season, so I use every chance I can to celebrate and enjoy it. The kids loved decorating-and especially eating the cookies. I’d have to say it was a big success!
While I didn’t take pictures of every step of the process, I am including the recipes for both the cookies and the icing. Seriously, this is the BEST sugar cookie recipe EVER if you want your cookies to keep their shape (and taste delicious too!) I got this recipe from my good friend, Brittany, after many failed attempts at making cookies that only lost their shape during the baking process. The glaze recipe is also from her. If you’re a fan of almond, you will simply adore this glaze. It’s phenomenal.
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup butter
Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl. Add vanilla and egg. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add your dry ingredients to your sugar, butter, egg, vanilla mixture. Chill for one hour. Roll dough out to about 1/4″ thickness on a floured surface. Cut shapes out and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes in a 350 oven. Let cool before decorating.
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 T milk
- 2 T corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp. almond extract
Combine milk and sugar until smooth. Beat in other ingredients. Separate glaze into bowls and add food coloring as per its instructions.
****I doubled both of these recipes in order to have enough for 4 kids and 2 adults to decorate. I also made the cookie dough the night before decorating. It was still good in the morning, but it was way too hard and crumbly. To fix the problem, I simply put it in the microwave for a very short while to soften it up a bit. If you accidentally soften it too much, no big deal! Simply return it to the fridge until it’s the right consistency.
We had a blast!
What are some of your favorite Fall traditions?