This year I have had so much fun baking cookies for the holidays. It started with my M&M Chewy Cookies, then these Rudolph Sugar Cookies, and even venturing in to candies like the M&M Cookie Dough Truffles. Of course I will always love my Christmas Cake Pops - Reindeer, Snowmen, and Elves - but cookies seem to be the theme of my holiday.
When I was perusing Pinterest weeks ago I saw Gingerbread Reindeer and knew I would have to try them. Problem though is I am the only one in my house who like gingerbread, and I really do not need to eat an entire batch by myself. Though I was willing to.... take one for the team, ya know? So I set out to find the perfect sugar cookie recipe and make the same Rudolph cookies - only sugar instead of gingerbread. I have to admit... this is the most proud I have been of anything coming out of my kitchen.
Rudolph Sugar Cookies
- 1 1/2 c butter, melted
- 2 1/2 c white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 5 c all purpose flour
- gingerbread man cookie cutters
- Wilton Sparkle Gel in gold, black, red, white, and green
Mix together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt until well mixed and no lumps. Begin mixing in four about a cup at a time, mixing well. Now, if you are like me and do not own a stand up mixer, this next step will count as a strength training workout. Mix all five cups of flour in to make one large ball of dough. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least one hour. More of possible. The colder the dough is, the easier it is to work with.
Divide your dough into workable sections and roll out to about 1/3 inch thickness. Using your gingerbread cookie cutters, cut cookies out and place on a cookie sheet. Note: Keep the cookie cutters floured and they will not stick. The cookies will not rise too much so you can put them pretty close together.
Bake at 350* for about 9 minutes or until bottom just begins to brown. DO NOT OVERCOOK! This recipe will keep the cookies nice and soft as long as you do not overcook them. Once finished put them on a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, you can decorate the gingerbread men into reindeer by simply flipping them upside-down. The "feet" of the gingerbread men will be the "antlers." You can have so much fun with this, and the girls and I took turns making funny expressions for Rudolph. The Wilton Sparkle Gel was terrific because they have a nozzle to help you have control of where they gel goes, but it is thick enough that the colors do not run together. (We made Christmas Trees too)
Tip: For the eyes use the white Sparkle Gel to make oval shaped eyes, and then put the nozzle of the Black Sparkle Gel directly into the white and squeeze gently. They will mold together quite perfectly.
This was the most fun the girls and I have had in the kitchen in a long time, and we have already made another batch to take to our Bunco Christmas party where they were also a huge hit! These will absolutely be a part of our holiday traditions for many years to come.