These sugar cookies are sweet, moist and perfect for the holiday season. Your friends will be begging you for more.
By Kelly Hunt
This has to be my absolute favorite sugar cookie recipe. I mean we’re talking simple, quick and oh so tasty. With Christmas right around the corner, I’m always trying to bake a plethora of different cookies over the course of the holiday season so when I come across a delicious, easy recipe, I jump for joy.
I just love the subtle hints of almond and vanilla you can taste as well as their chewiness rather than a stiff crunchy sugar cookie. The snowflake is made using vanilla flavored candy discs that were melted and poured into pastry bags. Mmm and it tasted just like white chocolate! Doesn’t get much better than that, huh? Bake these for your friends and loved ones, package them up with pretty ribbon and they are sure to impress. Happy Holidays!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. pure almond extract
- Wilton's white candy melts
- White sparkling sugar
- ½ tsp. meringue powder
- 1 cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl and set aside. Cream the sugar and butter in your stand or hand held mixer then add the egg and extracts. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just combined, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl, especially the bottom.
- Knead dough together with hands as it will be crumbly and prepare for rolling. Roll dough onto floured surface and cut into your desired shapes. Place cookies on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and freeze for about 5 minutes. Bake at 350 for about 10 to 12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to cooling rack.
- Using Wilton's white candy melts, melt candy in intervals of 30 seconds (mixing between each interval) until melted and pour into a pastry bag with a 2 inch tip. Create a snowflake design on each cookie and set aside to dry. Pour about a cup of water into a dish and mix in meringue powder. Using a paintbrush, paint water mixture onto cookie where you want sprinkles to stick. Pour on sprinkles and shake off excess. Enjoy!
Kelly is a DC based food blogger with a true passion for cooking and a love for photography. Her blog "Eat Yourself Skinny" has been featured on such sites as Cooking Light Magazine and Women's Health and she shares how maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be fun. As a home cook, she loves to put a spin on classic favorites by substituting calorie-loaded ingredients with healthier alternatives that still taste delicious.