Ugly Sweater Cookies
Oh what a difference a year can make. A year ago my kids and I, inspired by the opening of Jenny Cookies in Lake Stevens, sat down to frost our first set of holiday cookies. While all of our cookies were, lets say cute, they were by no means on Jenny’s level.
That realization led The SnoCo Kid and I to take action. We attended a basic class on frosting with Dawn’s Candy & Cake in Lynnwood. They taught us things like dots and lines, shells, and a few other fun frosting tips. We had a blast together. The only bad part was not being able to sample any of the frosting we were playing with. Sampling is the best part of baking after all.
In the time since, I haven’t exactly worked on developing my skills as much as I should have. That’s changed in the last few months though, as my love of baking delicious goodies has increased.
It isn’t just about the baking itself anymore, or the flavors. I’ve begun to enjoy making my baked goodies look better.
You know what that means, making them frosty with buttercream, cream cheese, and even some flavor infused experiments that came out, lets say rustic. The result, regardless of how pretty or decorative it turned out, was fun and delicious, so I’ve taken every opportunity I could to continue working on my skills.
Fast forward to this Christmas, and it was once again time to give frosted holiday cookies another try. Somewhat ironically, The SnoCo Kid and I opted for ugly sweater cookies. After all, if they didn’t turn out so well, they would be befitting of their name instead of a disaster.
I’m happy to report that, not only did we do a pretty good job of upping our frosting game, our sugar cookies were better than ever thanks to my very own twist on the cookie classic. We are still by no means on Jenny’s level, but we are definitely improving.
Not only that, we are having more fun. Baking and decorating is an awesome way to spend time with your kids, but it is also a good way to relax, get creative, and learn something new at the same time. Did I mention, you also get to eat delicious cookies.
What’s next for me? Working on my skills more of course. Lucky for me, I’ve got loads of kids birthday’s coming up, which means lots of birthday cakes to bake and decorate. I think I’m going to need some more tips.
Want to learn more about frosting and more, check the current class list from Dawn’s at:
They are also “the” local place to get baking, frosting, and candy making supplies.
Now for what I bet you are really wanting, your SnoCo Gal’s recipe for sugar cookies …
Servings: 18-24 Cookies, depending on size
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 Minutes Per Pan
Ingredients For Cookies:
3/4 Cup Salted Butter
1/2 Cup Honey (Buy Local)
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Baking Soda
2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Cornstarch
2 1/4 Cups Flour
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix wet ingredients then slowly add in dry ingredients until smooth.
3. Either roll small balls of dough and flatten with your palm on the pan OR put flour on your cooking service and rolling pin then roll out until thin and use cookie cutters to create shape (P.S. Flour on both is VERY important).
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until edges start to brown then cool and eat or make them frosty.