Housewarming Cookies Recipe

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When planning for my housewarming party, I knew decorated cookies had to be part of our snacks. It was super expensive to get some made by a professional, so I took a stab at creating them myself! They turned out quite well for never having done it before!

I doubled the recipe because this original recipe said it made 30 cookies. If you're using a KitchenAid mixer, do not double the recipe!!! It ended up being a disaster for me. The KitchenAid wasn't powerful or big enough to hold all the dough. I'm thinking the original recipe probably did make more than 30 cookies in my case. These cookies were super delicious and turned out wonderfully. I did use parchment paper on the cookie sheets and also placed it on the counter where I was letting the cookies cool. Make sure your raw dough is cool throughout the entire process as well. The leftover dough from the cutouts I would place back in the fridge to cool back down, and then pull it out after I did another batch. 
Pro Tip: Keep a very close eye on the cookies while they are in the oven, and take them out *the second* the edges start to turn brown. This will prevent you from burning the cookies! They will look a bit mushy, but they will harden after sitting for a few minutes. 

 

SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE

  • 1.5 cups salted butter
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 5 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
     
  1. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  4. Cover and chill dough for one hour +. 
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  6. Roll dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Use sugar to prevent sticking.
  7. Cut cookies with cookie cutters of your choice. 
  8. Place on parchment paper.
  9. Bake 6-8 minutes. Remove when edges start to brown.
  10. Cool completely before applying icing.

 

ICING RECIPE

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk + 2 tsp water
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 4 tsp light corn syrup

 

  1. Stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. 
  2. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until smooth and glossy. If too thick, add more syrup. 
  3. Divide into separate bowls and add food colorings. 

 

DECORATING TIPS

Keys: Draw a gold outline and then color them in with any color. 

Sold Sign: Draw a white edge on the cookie. Let dry completely. Fill in with red icing and let dry. Take the white and write 'sold'.

 

 

TOOLS I USED

 
Make sure you cut them as close together as you can to avoid extra work with re-rolling the dough! 

Make sure you cut them as close together as you can to avoid extra work with re-rolling the dough! 

This is what they should look like before putting them in the oven.

This is what they should look like before putting them in the oven.

They will puff up to be bigger than they were when they were raw - that's okay! See the edges browning?

They will puff up to be bigger than they were when they were raw - that's okay! See the edges browning?