This weekend it was on at the Robinson household! The cats were away and the mice were ready to play! I was called on for babysitting duty and I proudly accepted. Anytime I can spend with the coolest, funnest and craziest little dudes around, I jump on it! The thing is, when my nephews know I’m comin to babysit, they know to expect the unexpected…..but this time, I was on the other end of that as I was planning on a little hide n seek, some sledding on cardboard down the stairs, and maybe an impromptu game of 2 on 2 indoor basketball, the dog n I versus these two anklebiters. I obviously had no idea what I was getting into when they suggested we bake Christmas sugar cookies!
First step was to find a recipe since this would be my first crack at making sugar cookies and once I found the right one the second step and maybe the most important, was to lay down plenty of newspaper around the kitchen table, where the decorating of the cookies would commence….or as I like to call it, the disaster area. Baking the cookies and making the icing was the easy part, decorating with a kid and a toddler in tow, not so easy.
Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe-Adapted from All Recipes
1.5 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Prep Time 20 minutes Cooke Time 8 minutes Ready in 3 hours
1) In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill dough for an hour.
2) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet.
3) Bake 6-8 minutes. Let cool.
Icing Recipe-Adapted from All Recipes
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Prep Time-15 minutes Ready in 15 minutes
1) In a small bowl, stir together confectioners sugar and milk. Add in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth.
2) Divide into seperate bowls and add food coloring to each to desired intensity. Dip or paint cookies with a brush.