Fun in the Kitchen

OK, for anyone who cares (assuming that my blog ever starts functioning again and I can actually post), here’s the Johnson family recipe for sugar cookies to be made at Christmas into fun shapes:

Roll & Cut Sugar Cookies

Cream butter. Add cups sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla. Chill. Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes.

Full recipe: (huge!)

1 lb butter
3 ¾ cups sugar
6 eggs
9 cups flour
6 tsp baking powder
3 tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla

½ recipe:

½ lb butter (2 sticks)
1 ? cups sugar
3 eggs
4 ½ cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp vanilla

1/3 recipe:

1/3 lb butter (1 1/3 sticks)
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Butter Frosting: (courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens)

¾ cups butter, softened
9 cups powdered sugar (2 lbs)
1/4 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla
Food coloring

  1. In a very large mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in the ¼ cup milk and vanilla.
  2. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Beat in enough additional milk to reach spreading consistency.

Here’s Saturday’s results that and I produced:

The whole spread.

My sugar-cookie rendition of Van Gogh's Starry Night (only slightly defaced by someone).
Happy Star!
The trees got the most decoration, until there was a frosting mishap, so Prince Charming didn't get to finish his masterpieces. But we did get to leave sprinkles all over the counter top. And no frosting ended up on me or my white shirt (though there was quite a bit on the wall behind the sink, and the counter top).
Prince Charming was very excited about the trees. They're his favorite. I think that's why he took 2 pictures. 🙂
Lots of bells...
What do you do with the leftover dough that won't roll out for the cookie cutters anymore? You make the only shape you can by hand.