Happy Christmas Season everyone! I have been so busy I feel like I can't even catch my breath! Regardless of how busy I am, I always make time to bake sugar cookies at Christmas time. I mean, it wouldn't be Christmas without sugar cookies!
Making sugar cookies at Christmas time is a tradition for many people, that goes back many generations. But, how many generations does this baking tradition go back? While the cookie wasn't created in the United States, it was popularized in the 1700s by German Protestant settlers who lived in the Nazareth colony of Pennsylvania. The cookie became very popular in America and people started adding decorations like sprinkles to the cookies and cutting them into fun shapes.
Now my sugar cookie is a little bit different than the typical Christmas cookie because of the secret ingredient I exchange for a common one. I think that it adds a little something special that makes these cookies stand out from the other sugar cookies out there!
What kind of family Christmas traditions do you and your family or friends have? Comment below and share your traditions!
Not Your Average Christmas Sugar Cookie!
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup dark unsweetend cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp. almond extract
- 1 cup + 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- sprinkles, optional
For the cookies
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 mins. Add egg and almond extract, mix well.
- In a seperate bowl, baking powder, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients.
- Line a baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Then get 1 tbsp. of dough and roll into a ball. Take the ball and press the top into the sprinkles if you want. Place on tray and repeat.
- Bake for 7-10 mins. Tasty!