December 24, 2011

Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies


Just in time for Christmas - my family's recipe for Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies! I'm sorry I didn't get this recipe up sooner, but I've been so busy with all of my Holiday shopping, baking, and parties I've gone to. I got all of my presents wrapped last night and now they're sitting underneath the tree. I can't wait to give Keeva her presents tomorrow! I know she's going to love them! I'll be posting pictures of Christmas morning over on my Facebook page. Be sure to check those out!

Does anybody else feel that all bets are off when Christmas time rolls around? I tend to not eat anything with artificial colors or flavors during the rest of the year, but when it comes time to make Christmas cookies - I find myself reaching for the food coloring and neon red and green sprinkles. I guess I'm allowed to indulge once and a while, right?

These cookies are scrumptious. The dough rolls perfectly after being chilled for a little bit. When they bake up - they're perfectly browned at the edges. Not too soft or crunchy! They're just right! Plus, they're really fun to make with your kids - especially if they're a treat for Santa! I used Pillsbury's new Easy Frost Vanilla Dream Frosting. It comes in a can with a piping tip attached! It's perfect for decorating cookies, cakes, and cupcakes! It does have artificial ingredients in it - so if that's not your thing - try topping the cookies with my delicious Buttercream Frosting!

Happy Holidays everybody!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 4 tsp non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Frosting and Sprinkles for decoration

Thoroughly cream the shortening, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add in the applesauce and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the non-dairy milk.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Blend in with the creamed mixture. 

Chill the dough for 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. After the dough has been chilled, roll out on a floured surface and cut into your favorite holiday shapes. Place the shapes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 6-8 minutes until the edges become golden brown. Top with frosting and sprinkles. They're even delicious without the decorations!

8 comments:

  1. Wow! Those cookies are adorable! We can't wait to see Keeva enjoying them! All of us here are sending you the warmest wishes for a very merry Christmas!

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  2. Thanks so much Gail! Merry Christmas to you and everyone at So Delicious too!!

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  3. I made these for a Christmas party last night and had everyone decorate their own. It was such a hit! Everyone loved the cookies and I was asked several times "Are these really vegan?!"

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    1. That makes me so happy, Blake! I'm so glad everyone loved them!

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  4. Do you think Earth Balance soy free would work in place of shortening?

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    1. I'm sure it would work fine. Although Earth Balance soy free margarine has more salt in it than the shortening. If you use the margarine - I would omit the salt from the recipe.

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  5. Just made these for Christmas and they are excellent! Will be a permanent addition to our recipe box. Thank you!

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you liked them!! Thanks for giving them a try!

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