Every year I search and search and search some more for the best recipe for Christmas Cookies, and every year I end up with a mediocre cookie that probably could've just as easily come out of a box. But this year was different. The recipe I found put all other cookie recipes to shame!
I'm calling them Cloud Nine Christmas Cookies, well, because they taste how I'd imagine cookies on cloud nine would taste!
|I forgot the Red & Green Sprinkles, but I think the rainbow ones looked pretty cute!|
- -8 ounces unsalted butter
- -3/4 cup granulated sugar
- -1/4 teaspoon salt
- -1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- -1 large egg yolk
- -2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1. Beat the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla together until smooth and creamy.
- 2. Mix in the egg yolk until well incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl at least once.
- 3. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated.
- 4. Scrape onto a lightly floured board and knead a few times, just until the dough smooths out.
- 5. Turn onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a log, wrap up and freeze for a few hours. (This is crucial!)
- 6. Before baking, preheat the oven to 325°F.
- 7. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper or foil.
- 8. Slice the dough into slices about 1/8" thick and place them on the sheets about an inch apart (they won't spread very much, but they need room around each cookie).
- 9. Bake until JUST beginning to turn golden around the edges, about 16-18 minutes.
There are so many possibilities with these cookies! With the given recipe, you will get about 10 cookies, so if you plan to serve them at a party or to family, I'd suggest doubling or tripling the recipe, because they are that good! These could definitely be decorated for any season or occasion. ENJOY!