Sweet relief: a sugary break after the holidays


Andrea Davenport

Before the cookies are frosted, they should look crisp and brown. After, You must let the frosting dry before setting them in an airtight container.

School is back in session and kicking into full gear after winter break, but who says the fun has to end? Sure, it hasn’t snowed a lick this winter, but who says you can’t make your own with my ultra-mega-uber-delicious winter-themed cut-out sugar cookies, coated in creamy vanilla frosting and festive sprinkles? Cold, gross weather never tasted so good.

These cookies are easier than making a pre-made cake and just as delicious as they look. They take less than 30 minutes to make and are more than worth your time.

Sugar cookies have never been my favorite, but with this recipe, I was in heaven. The crispiness is as harsh as the winter wind — only much more pleasing. The presentation looks like you ordered them from a gourmet baker.

Keep reading for the ingredients and directions to your very own, sugar-filled winter wonderland.

Ingredients courtesy of DGS math teacher Christine Toellen
3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup softened butter
1 ½ white granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can of vanilla frosting — store-bought or homemade
Cookie cutters of your choosing

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth, then beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Gradually blend the dry ingredients in.
4. Lay out a dry tea towel. Grab a rolling pin and coat the towel and the pin in flour. Gently roll out the dough.
5. Take your cookie cutters (I used snowflakes, a snowman and a gingerbread man) and keep cutting the dough until there is only a small amount left. Feel free to eat or throw away the leftover dough — it’s extremely tasty.
6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your shapes out neatly.
7. Bake for 10 minutes.
8. Let them cool completely before you lather them in frosting and sprinkles.

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