Right now it is all about the holiday cookies. There are the chocolate ones, the filled ones, the nutty ones and all at the other ones, but really, what is the holiday without a good basic sugar cookie covered in way to much icing and sprinkles? Not right it what it is.
So to kick off holiday cookie baking I had a cookie decorating and pizza party with the littles and big littles. Cookies, icing and frosting, and so many sprinkles. I went the smart route with preparation and precut all the cookies before the party. I was thinking that I would have everyone cut there own cookies out but then I was thinking a bunch of little and hot pans and more likely then not burnt cookies. I just didn't want to deal with it and it was a good choice on my part. I am so smart.
These cookies are kind of your basic sugar cookies with a little lemon twist. The lemon adds that extra something, a little zip behind the sweetness, especially after all the glaze. And they can be baked to be slightly soft or to have a nice crisp edge. A good, tasty, all around cookie, perfect for any holiday cookie party.
And just a warning about cookie parties. There will be madness and states of being that only an emense amount of sugar can produce.
The stuff. Flour, baking powder sugar, and salt. Squash puree, earth balance, vanilla, and some lemons.
Sugar, butter, puree, lemon zest, lemon juice and the vanilla get cozy into big bowl and then mixed together.
Some people prefer to do this step with an electric beater but I like to use a wooden spoon because arm powder. Either way, make sure the mixtures is completely mixed and that there are no huge chunks of butter.
Now add in the dry and mix mix mix until if forms a dough.
Don't be afraid to use your hands here.. I started out with the spoon and finish with my hands. It is much easier.
The dough needs a little time in the fridge so wrap it in plastic (or a large plastic bag) and stick in the fridge for a least and hour or up to a day.
When your ready for cookie cutting time, remove dough and let sit on counter for a few minutes to warm up. Then place on a lightly floured surface and roll out about 1/4 inch thick (you can go a little thinner if you like)
Cut your cookies.
And keep gathering and rolling ou the dough until all the dough is a cookie.
Bake the cookies for anywhere between 10-13 minutes. This is dependent on if you like a softer cookie or one with more of a crunch.
All the naked cookies.
And you are probably going to want to make some glaze, which is super simple. Powedred sugar, water, corn syrup, and vanilla extract.
You of course need to get crafty with colors so color the icing to your liking.
Then it's all about decorating. The mr and I did a few cookies ourselves before the cookie party began. We figured we wouldn't really get a chance to once all the littles showed up. We were right.
Also I bought brand new synthetic paint brushes (important that they are new) to use to paint on the glaze. It was a very good idea. We loved it and so did all the little.
Our cookie masterpieces. Who doesn't love a rapper snowman?
Let the party begin. I ended up making 3 batches of cookies because the more cookies the better. And again, so smart to have the cookies all precut and ready. I couldn't imagine having to deal with cutting cookies with everyone. There would have been tears (most likely mine)
Christmas music on, happy little littles, it started out so wholesome and good. Glaze, frosting, so many sprinkles. I could smell the sugar in the air. I also said that there was to be no cookie eating until after dinner so naturally I think that each little ate about 5 cookies before dinner. It would have been worse if I had they could eat any at all.
And then we ate dinner and more cookies and they all went freaking crazy. Like running around screaming, stoping once in a while to maybe think they might throw up, then kept on running and screaming. Sugar can do crazy things.
Just a few of the creations from the night. There were snowmen, 3D trees and reindeer, and stars. I guess I don't have a snowflake which bummed me out but stars made do. And yes, that is indeed a target employee cookie.. so awesome.
All in all, the party was a success. The cookies came out great. The decorations were on point. The littles and big littles had fun and were all in a sugar coma by the end of the night. Annnd my house is covered in a light film of stickiness.
Enjoy your weekend and make lots of cookies because that is what you are suppose to do.
Lemon Sugar Cookies
makes 20-25 cookies (all depending on you shapes ands sizes of cutters)
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup squash puree
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup room temp vegan butter
- 1 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons plant milk or water
- 1 teaspoon extract (vanilla, almond, or lemon)
- food coloring (optional)
preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, squash, lemon zest and lemon juice until fully incorporated. Add in flour, salt, and baling powder and mix until it all comes together. When dough gets a little hard to mix with a spoon, use your hands and compress the dough into a ball. Take dough and wrap in plastic wrap or place in a zip lock pulled to dough tight and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to a day.
After the dough has had time in the fridge, remove and let sit for a few minutes.. Lightly flour the counter and roll dough out to about a quart inch thick. Grab your cookie cutter and cut away at rolled out dough. Place cut cookies on a baking sheet, gather up remaining dough and roll out all over again. Repeat process until all the dough has been used. Place cookies in oven and bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are just barely turning golden brown. If you like a crispier cookies, cook for 2-3 minutes longer. Remove and place on a cooling rack to cool.
Prepare your icing.
Mix all the ingerdients together until full incorporated. Color to your liking.
And once the cookies are cool its time to start you decorating! You can dip, pour, paint, or pip icing onto cookies. Embellish with sprinkles and candies.
Eat your cookies