Cooking Cookies with Courtney

There are various traditions that surround the holiday season! From making your favorite cookie recipe to gathering the family to decorate the house, it’s a time to hurry up and get things done. Thankfully, there are also built-in times to rest, relax and have a few laughs. (Even this year!) 

Some of my favorite people to spend time with outside work are the ones I spend time with inside work! We can be serious, but we’re just as good at having seriously funny fun too!

This time around, we gathered to laugh and bake a batch or two of Christmas cookies. I’ve been baking cookies for a number of years and have never found a recipe that I like better or is as simple to make as the one found in my well-worn Better Homes and Gardens Olde-Fashioned Home Baking cookbook. To complete the home-baked goodness, we also made our own frosting to decorate our cut-outs. Here are the recipes for both!

I am so grateful to call these talented, kind people not only my team but my friends! Happy Holidays to you and your family! We hope you are staying safe, healthy and happy! 

Don’t forget, if you try our recipes to tag us in the photos @courtneydudekhomes! We would love to see what you create!

SUGAR COOKIE CUTOUTS 
Perk up cookies with decorative candies, colored sugar or chopped nuts sprinkled on before baking or after frosting. 
1/3 cup margarine OR butter 
1/3 cup shortening 
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar 
1 egg 
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla 
Dash of salt 
In a large bowl beat margarine or butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or till softened. Add about HALF the flour. Add sugar, egg, milk, baking powder, vanilla and a dash of salt. Beat until combined. Beat or stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for about 3 hours or until easy to handle. 

On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough into 1/8-inch thickness. Using 2 ½-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375° oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until done. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Remove cookies from the sheet and cool on a wire rack. If desired, frost cookies and enjoy!

FROSTING 
2-3 ounce packages cream cheese 
½ cup margarine or butter, softened 
2 teaspoons vanilla 
4 ½ to 4 ¾ cups sifted powdered sugar
In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, margarine or butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium to high speed till light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat enough of the remaining powdered sugar to make the frosting a spreadable consistency. (Makes 3 cups)  

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