Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays To All Of You From Frugal Fitness!!
OK so Christmas cookies aren't exactly healthy, but at least the ingredients are simple and affordable!
We all need a treat or a "cheat food" now and then after all!
Enjoy these simple and delicious treats for Christmas or holiday celebrations!
Maybe do an extra Frugal Workout afterwards as well :)
Christmas Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the work surface
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla and salt. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour, mixing until just combined (do not overmix). Shape into a 1-inch-thick disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. Heat oven to 350° F. On a floured surface, roll the dough ¼ inch thick. Using lightly floured 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes, flouring the cutters and rerolling the scraps as necessary. Place 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the edges just begin to brown, 12 to 15 minutes. (Mine took less, keep an eye on them.) Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
4 cups powdered sugar (1 [1-pound] box)
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more as needed
Combine ingredients in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed, stopping to scrape down the bowl, until glossy and stiff, about 5 minutes. Add additional lemon juice until the frosting is the desired consistency. Fill a piping bag or a resealable plastic bag with one corner snipped off and use to decorate cookies. (If not using immediately, place a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap on the surface, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use. Stir before using.)