Tuesdays with Dorie: Christmas Sugar Cookies

After the fun of baking with my mom last week, it was a bit of a letdown to go back to solo baking. However, the fabulous sugar cookie recipe this week and the resulting cookies I scarfed went a long way toward consoling me.

So, folks. Sugar cookies. Not too exciting, right? A basic component of the holiday cookie platter, but rarely the star. Too often, sugar cookies are dry and floury, with hard royal icing on top. Not tasty! These cookies, however, were awesome. They were everything all sugar cookies aspire to be. Soft, but crisp on the edges. Buttery and flavorful. (I added the zest of half and orange and just a sprinkling of cinnamon to get them in the holiday spirit.) So good, I had to stop myself from eating all the unbaked dough.

The little guy on the lower right is my favorite

As many people noted, the dough did get soft very quickly. To counter this problem, I used a trick I learned several years ago: immediately after making the dough, I rolled it out to proper baking thickness between two sheets of parchment paper and stuck it in the fridge on a baking sheet. This helps it chill much faster, so I didn’t have to wait the full two hours before beginning to cut the cookies. This also means I didn’t have to flour the dough as I rolled it out, so they didn’t get too floury or tough.

I did roll my dough a little thicker than the recommended 1/4″, so I ended up with some fatty bo-batties. Which was no problem, since I love a good chunky cookie any day.

I finished the cookies off with a simple powdered-sugar based icing. They were the hit of Jason’s holiday party! I was a bit bummed to not get a few more cookies out of the batch, but it was also a blessing since the decorating took way too long as it was, and I need all the beauty sleep I can get.

And finally, to make up for the lack of my adorable mom in this post, I give you this instead. Any guesses as to what it might be? Answer tomorrow!

23 Responses to Tuesdays with Dorie: Christmas Sugar Cookies
  1. kim says:

    your cookies are just gorgeous!! :) thanks for that trick, i’ll have to try that next time. 2 hours is way too long to wait ;) hm, are they nutshells?

  2. n.o.e says:

    LOVE your pretty cookies. I’ll bet they did take a long time; you can’t rush perfection, although apparently you can rush the cookie chilling process! Thanks for the tips. Great job.

  3. Cathy says:

    Sigh. Your cookies are just beautiful. Someday, I want to be able to decorate cookies like that! We just sort of dumped sprinkles on ours. I bet that these took some time, but they are truly works of art! And I agree — the dough was fabulous!

  4. Danielle says:

    Your cookies look great! Good job :)

  5. chocolatechic says:

    Cute cookies.

  6. Maria says:

    Your cookies are beautiful! I love how you decorated them!!

  7. Jodie says:

    Cute! I love thick cookies, too. I think your trees are my fave!

  8. Laura says:

    Oh wow. And yuck. (not the cookies! Those look delicious!) But the mystery picture looks like you bit into a hollow molded chocolate and there was mold inside… I’m sorry if I’m wrong! (or am I glad?)

  9. Rebecca says:

    So sweet. Love the snowman.

  10. vineela says:

    molded chocolate got fungus.
    Love your cookie decorations.

  11. vibi says:

    Okay, after telling you how adorable your sugar cookies are… I’ll guess the answer to the mystery photo is: hummm… molding evaporated liqueur chocolate? LOL
    I’m anxious to hear the answer, Liz!

  12. bakingwiththeboys says:

    Those look professional. I can only dream of cookies like that in my kitchen…

  13. Marthe says:

    Love your cookies!! Wish mine turn out like that!

  14. The Food Librarian says:

    Such cute cute cookies. Thanks for the tip on the dough too! And I have no idea what that is… a moldy chocolate egg from Easter?

  15. Lisa magicsprinkles says:

    Beautiful cookies! As for the guess – something moldy – looks like chocolate, maybe one of those hollow Easter eggs? or brown bread. Can’t wait to find out!

  16. doughmesstic says:

    cookies? Gorgeous and you did an amazing job iwth all that icing!
    mystery pic? gross. looks like moldy chocolate from the back of the fridge.

  17. Engineer Baker says:

    I love the candy canes – so prettily striped! And I have no idea what that last pic is… I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow :)

  18. crumb fairy says:


  19. Jaime says:

    beautiful cookies! my favorite is the snowman too :) that looks like chocolate but i have no idea what that green fuzzy stuff is… though after reading the other comments i would agree that it could be mold? :P

  20. Teanna says:

    Can you please give me a lesson in icing!? Because mine look NOTHING like yours! Gorgeous!

  21. TeaLady says:

    Lovely cookies. Great decorating. I like the snowman too.

    Inside a truffle….

  22. Kimberly Johnson says:

    Your cookies look so beautiful! Awesome job decorating them! I threw my dough in a ziploc bag and rolled it out before the first chilling too. I loved not having to clean up a floury mess on the kitchen counter!

  23. mangomissives says:

    great job decorating your sugar cookies!

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