Guess who came by this morning while I was baking some Christmas cookies… Santa!! Well, Secret Santa. We all know that the real one is too busy right now to visit.
Mr. Mailman, one of Santa’s helpers, delivered this gift sended straight from Andalusia, where another Santa’s helper lives. Is a book with a bunch of soup recipes and a package of rice paper… I loved it! Thank you Chica Andaluza 🙂
The initiative to this fun game came from Tandy, from Lavender and Lime, thanks to you too Tandy. They are both wonderful bloggers, so feel free to take a look.
These cookies are the first batch of many more to come. Normally we bake cookies for Santa on Christmas day, but this year we are spending the holidays at Panama, so we probably won’t have the time and/or the opportunity to make them there (lot to visit). So, this year we are starting a bit early in order to leave some cookies for Santa and the Kings in case they decide to come while we are gone…
They are very easy to make and everybody will love to participate in the decorating. I still have a lot more to paint… so let’s see how they work.
Ingredients1 ½ cup butter, softened 1 ½ cups sugar 2 eggs 2 tbsp. vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cream of tartar
Frosting3 tbsp. butter, softened 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar 1 tbsp. vanilla extract 1 tbsp. milk Food coloring, optional Colored sugar or edible glitter
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture until completely blended. Chill for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a ¼ inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters dipped in flour. Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 ºF (180 ºC) for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
For frosting, cream butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and milk. If necessary, thin with additional milk to desire spreading consistency. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired. Spread frosting over cookies and decorate with colored sugar.
This recipe yields tons of cookies. It depends on the size of the cutters. About 60 or 80 cookies.