Decorating sugar cookies is one of my (Tracy’s) favorite Christmas traditions. Last year I made the cookies and froze them until we were ready to decorate them. It was wonderful to decorate them as a family without slaving away cooking them for an hour or two first.
This is one of our November tasks we discuss on show #161 – Holiday Organizing in November: 10 Tips For A More Enjoyable Season. Click here to listen. Add it to your calendar/to-do list. Baking these cookies in November will allow you to have less stress in December and thoroughly enjoy this cookie decorating tradition.
The night you plan, or spontaneously decide, to decorate you will have the cookies ready. Go ahead and buy the toppings ahead of time, too. We used coconut (and colored it with food coloring), tubes of gel frosting, sprinkles and colored sugars. Write on the frosting ingredients (powdered sugar and cream cheese) “frosting” so it doesn’t get used for something else.
Turn on the Christmas music and get started. When you are finished decorating the cookies freeze them by layering them between waxed paper.
Chelle was hooked on this recipe after trying one of my cookies. Her family also enjoys decorating cookies together.
Here’s Chelle’s cookie, decorated with love in honor of her family’s not-so-wholesome favorite TV series, The Walking Dead.
Tracy’s cream cheese frosting recipe is:
1 stick of butter, 8 ounces of cream cheese, 2 cups of powdered sugar (I’ve recently changed from 4 cups to 2 cups) and 1 t vanilla. Mix with beater. Yum.
Chelle’s cream cheese frosting recipe (also Betty Crocker’s recipe) is:
8 ounces of cream cheese, 4 cups of powdered sugar, 2 T milk, 1 t vanilla. Mix with beater. Yum.
Feel free to taste test these and let us know which is better. I have always used butter. I couldn’t believe Chelle didn’t. But I’m fairly sure that I’ve tasted her frosting and haven’t noticed that butter was missing.
Start baking ahead and enjoy this tradition with your family!