Hi, friends! I am so excited about the holidays this year. It took me a little while to gear myself up for them, but now that we've cut down our tree, brought her home and have some Bing Crosby playing on the record player, it just feels like the right time to get festive! My son is 20-months-old now, so that means he needed to be introduced to the art of making sugar cookies. Though most of our ingredients ended up either in his mouth or on the floor, it was still a great experience watching him explore each and every item that went in the mixing bowl. Lately, I've been putting a little step stool next to the kitchen counter so that he can watch me cook + bake. He always wants to help, so I usually hand him a measuring cup (or five) so that he feels like he's making too! When it comes to sugar cookies, there's really no way you can mess up, especially if you have a little one helping you. Here's my recipe for fool-proof sugar cookies + frosting:
*Apologizing ahead of time for my changing coffee mugs; we were unpacking Christmas decorations while we were baking!
COOKIE INGREDIENTS + RECIPE:
3 Cups Flour
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
2 Sticks Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
“n a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
In a standard kitchen mixer, or a large bowl, mix the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. The mixture should turn a nice yellow color and form into one ball. Add the egg, whisked beforehand, and the vanilla. Slowly pour in the flour mixture until incorporated. Chill for at least an hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350.
When you are ready to roll out and bake your cookies, let the dough warm up a bit. Roll it out into a large sheet and, using the cookie cutters of your choice, begin cutting out your shapes. Lay them on a baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes or until fully cooked, slightly golden. Let them sit on the baking sheet for about a minute and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Frost when completely cooled.
Little dough thief! We definitely struggled with not eating the dough while cutting our cookies out. I am slowly learning, like all new parents, that most activities need a lot of patience and a little creativity. I try my hardest to include Tad in our kitchen adventures so that he will one day enjoying cooking himself. The beauty of learning to cook is that you typically begin to love eating what you make! Trying new foods is a must in this family, but simple sugar cookies will work great for now.
FROSTING INGREDIENTS + RECIPE:
1 Stick Butter
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Tsp. Vanilla
4 Cups + more Powdered Sugar
In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, heavy cream, and vanilla. Mix until softened. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Mix until the frosting has formed a consistency that you like best. I prefer a stiff icing on my sugar cookie, so I added in about half a cup more of powdered sugar.
We live in a small Amish community, though we aren't Amish, but that means we have access to a really wonderful country store packed with bulk dry goods! This year we indulged in all the bulk sprinkles we could find. Call me a traditionalist, but I chose to go with red, green, and white sprinkles. I am really feeling an old-fashioned type holiday this season!
That is the face of a job well done! We made it through the cookie making; the baking was easy, the clean up... well that's another story. At the end of the day, I had a blast letting Tad experiment and decorate his own cookies. He was having so much fun dropping sprinkles on the tops of each of them, and I was having even more fun watching him create in his own special way. Have so much fun making your own unique cookies this season!
Kayla Haupt is a fiber artist and single stay-at-home mother to her young son, Theodore. The two live together in rural Iowa, in one of the largest Amish communities in the United States, alongside her parents and various family members. She spends most of her days tending to her herb garden, searching for wildflowers in Amish country, reading Outlander, and sipping on cranberry juice. When they are not spending time at home, Kayla and her son like to venture out to farmer’s markets and history museums. Kayla hopes to instill the idea of the simple life, creativity, and nature in her young son while focusing on her newly growing business. You can learn more about her and follow along with her daily life on her blog at www.underatinroof.com and follow her on Instagram (@underatinroof or @kayhaupt). Bonnet and Linen top from Fin & Vince.