What is it about Christmas that makes you want to make sugar cookies? Is it the icing or fun cookie cutters? When did the sugar cookie become THE cookie for Christmas?
I may never have the answer to that life question, but I'm fine with it! Maybe because sugar cookies are fun to decorate and beg for children to get involved. Or maybe Santa sent out a memo declaring it as his favorite cookie. Who knows? Who cares? Let's get on with the cookies...
I found the perfect sugar cookie recipe from Life, Love & Sugar. Make this cookie exactly as the woman tells you. You won't regret it. It's slightly soft, slightly sweet, and holds it shape.
I used a moose cookie cutter (because all other Christmas cutters were hiding) and got 16 moose cookies and one round cookie. [You'll notice in a later picture there is one less moose cookie. It needed to be consumed for quality control.]
My childhood nickname was Marla Moose, so I collected moose items from childhood through teenage years. This moose cookie cutter was a gift and has been around for awhile. I use it as a tree ornament, so I just had to grab it off the tree and wash it off to start making my cookies.
I used store bought chocolate icing and homemade strawberry icing. Then added some sprinkles!
I only put a dab of chocolate icing on most of the cookies, because the cookie itself is really the star of the show. It has such a great shape and great taste, and I didn't want the chocolate icing to overpower the cookie.
After I took a bite of the strawberry iced cookie, I decided that was the real winner. The super sweet strawberry icing with the sugar cookie is a perfect combination. I may have to dip the moose antlers in strawberry icing. And their legs. And their tails. And my finger.
I'm putting some aside for my neighbor and for my family that's coming for Christmas, but Santa will have to find cookies at another house. Sorry, Santa!