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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Sugar Cookies




First off, I want to thank all of my blogger buddies for the overwhelming and genuine support that I received on my surgery update post. It means a lot to me and I am sending virtual hugs to every one of you. Recovery is going slow as expected, but I am progressing a little each day. I'll post another health update after my follow up towards the end of the month. Now on to the star of this post, cookies!

Sugar cookies are a staple at any Christmas party and besides chocolate chip it is often the first cookie you get to taste in your childhood. The simplicity of them is what makes them one of my favorite cookies. Sometimes the less complicated something is, the better it will be. There are many varieties of sugar cookies out there, but this one has a hint of vanilla in it and is soft on the inside.

I added some extra Christmas flair to these cookies by decorating them with Christmas themed sprinkles that  I saw in my local TJ Maxx. There are just so many great things in that store that are reasonably priced. :-) I thought the sprinkles were so cute and couldn't pass them up.





I participated in the The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year and sent a dozen of these cookies each to three bloggers. I also received three dozen cookies from three bloggers. It was fun to participate and I  got to discover some new blogs along the way. If you want to be notified about next years cookie swap click here.


Christmas Sugar Cookies

Yield: 24 2 inch cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup  unsalted butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg (room temperature)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. (You can reuse the parchment paper for all batches.)

For the Christmas sugar cookies:

1. Using a stand mixer with paddle attachment beat unsalted butter on low speed until smooth. Add vegetable oil.
2. Add granulated sugar, powdered sugar. egg, and pure vanilla extract to  butter mixture mixing on low speed after each addition.
3. Add flour, baking soda, and salt beating on low speed until combined.
4. Wrap dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 20 minutes if pressed for time.
5. With a 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoon cookie scoop place cookie dough 2 inches a part on cookie sheet. 
6. Bake for 10 minutes
7. Let cookie cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Remove cookies from cookie sheet  and place on cooling rack until cooled completely.






The three blogs that I was matched with for the cookie swap and sent cookies to are Baking A Moment, Nourished Simply, and Honey Plate. Check out their blogs to see what cookies they made for the cookie swap.

The three blogs that sent me cookies are The Red Head Baker, A Scrumptious Life, and On Sugar Mountain. Hop on over to their blogs to see what cookies I received. 

I hope you are all having a great week. 10 days until Christmas! Have you attended any cookie swaps this Christmas season?  

If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on Instagram or Twitter with #savorthebaking!

Notes:
Let cookie sheet cool completely in between batches of cookies. 

Recipe from Joy The Baker

Savor The Baking,
Chineka

24 comments:

  1. I love that you participated in the swap! I missed it this year but will be marking my calendar to participate next year. The blogger who received these cookies were very lucky. They look delightful!

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    1. Thanks Jen. I hopefully will be participating again next year. I enjoyed the process.

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  2. These are gorgeous! I would have devoured them. Love the sprinkles!

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    1. Thanks Dorothy. I love the sprinkles also.

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  3. Nothing better than a classic sugar cookie. Yours look lovely!

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  4. These sugar cookies look perfect! Definitely wish I had a couple to devour now!

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  5. What beautiful cookies! The light makes them look as if they are glowing :) I like the snowflake detail! The bloggers receiving this cookie are so lucky!

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I'm glad that you like the snowflake detail just as much as I did.

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  6. These cookies are lovely and the festive sprinkles are a fun touch!

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  7. very pretty! you've captured their essence wonderfully. the texture of this batch looks absolutely perfect!

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    1. Thanks Grace. I wanted to get these cookies just right.

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  8. Looks absolutely mouthwatering! You always have such amazing ideas, and I love that first photo!
    - Alessandra (www.thefoodieteen.com)

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    1. Thanks Alessandra. The first photo is also a favorite of mine.

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  9. I love those snowflakes!!!!! Eating these would be like what snow SHOULD taste like!

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    1. Hi GiGi and thanks. Snow is so pretty and does taste good as snow cream. :-)

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  10. These cookies were as delicious to eat as they are pretty to look at! Thank you so much Chineka; I was so happy to receive the package from YOU! I'm glad you're doing a little better; take good care! Hugs to you!

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    1. Allie I'm so glad you loved the cookies and it was my pleasure to bake them for you and your family. Have a great weekend.

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  11. These are such cute sugar cookies! I love those sprinkles, they're so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Stacey. The sprinkles were my favorite part.

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    1. Thanks Zainab. I get excited about sugar cookies also. They are my favorite.

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