Cookie baking, Holiday movie watching, hall decking, and gift wrapping, sign me up for it all. But with December 1 comes a reality check. Christmas will be here before I know it and there’s so much I want to get done between now and the 24th. Assuming you guys are in the same boat, I did my best to curate dishes and recipes that are mostly easy to make and perfect for leftovers! But first a sugar cookie recipe that does not disappoint! Seriously, I don’t eat many desserts that don’t involve chocolate and couldn’t stop snacking on these.
SUGAR COOKIE + ICING RECIPE
YOU’LL NEED (for cookies):
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- cookie cutters (I used this one)
YOU’LL NEED (for icing):
- 2 cups shortening
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 8 cups powdered sugar (aka icing sugar)
- 1/4 cup whipping cream, less or more for desired thickness/texture
- food coloring (the all-natural one we used)
TO MAKE THE COOKIES:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar. Then add egg and vanilla and cream together.
- Whisk the baking powder and flour together. Gradually add dry ingredients to sugar mixture, mixing in-between until well combined.
- Knead dough by hand for a minute then immediately roll smaller batches, on a floured surface, to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters.
- Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven before they brown. Move to wire rack or platter and let cool completely before icing.
TO MAKE THE ICING:
- In a large bowl, beat shortening and vanilla. Add powdered sugar in small amount (I added 1/2 cup at a time) and combine.
- Add cream gradually and beat until desired thickness and consistency.
- Divide icing into bowls and add food coloring to each as desired!
- Spread onto cooled cookies and add sprinkles!
Here are a few other dinners on our menu plan this December!
12 DINNERS TO MAKE IN NOVEMBER
- broiled steak and veggies (swap asparagus for seasonal veggie or red potatoes)
- chicken satay with peanut sauce (or grab a bottle of store-bought), or these chicken skewers look good too!
- mini ham, cheese + spinach breakfast pies, for dinner! (make extra for breakfast)
- easy lo mein
- BLTA wraps
MAKE AHEAD OR BAKED
- slow cooker greek chicken (serve with salad, pasta or couscous)
- chili + cornbread pot pies
- slowcooker carnitas
- french beef stew
- mexican lasagna
- baked potato nachos… a simple dinner but takes some time!
- pork chops with dijon herb sauce
- weeknight beef bowls
BREAKFAST, LUNCH + SNACK IDEAS