Holiday How-To: Fun & Festive Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Now that it’s December, we’re feeling officially ready to start participating in the festivities of the season’s past. And at the very top of our list as one of the most rewarding holiday pastimes is baking (followed quickly by eating) a sweet and special treat. A chewy middle, a slightly crisp outer edge cut to perfection in all sorts of festive shapes and sizes – the sugar cookie simply can’t be beat.
Given that we’re no experts ourselves, we asked Olivia Metzger, the creative behind @livviejane and a self-taught cookie connoisseur (among many other talents), for her tried-and-true baking tips. Below, she shares a fun and festive sugar cookie recipe that leaves plenty of room to choose your own (decorating) adventure.
In a medium sized bowl, mix powdered sugar, water, and vanilla until smooth. Adjust the consistency by adding ½ cup of powdered sugar to thicken or 1 tsp water to thin the icing (I prefer my icing thick enough to not run off the cookie but thin enough to apply with a plastic squeeze bottle).
Add desired food coloring and mix.
Pour the icing into a plastic squeeze bottle.
Ice the cookies by outlining the shape and then filling in.
Add cookie toppers (like the penguin, reindeer, and Santa) if desired (I used ones from the brand Wilton.) Allow icing to set for at least one hour. Enjoy!