If I had to pick a holiday indulgence — just one — it would be tough. But frosted sugar cookies would ultimately win out over everything else.
I only make them once a year because the process of making the dough, rolling it out, cutting out the cookies, and baking them is admittedly a production. But decorating the holiday shapes with the boys is one of my favorite Christmas traditions, even if we need to call in a whole clean-up crew when it’s over.
What really makes a classic sugar cookie, in my opinion, is the frosting. That’s why I’m sharing my favorite frosting today. It dries hard and glossy like royal icing does, but I think it tastes better too.
The recipe includes two variations: the standard frosting, which is a little bit thicker and creamier, or a thinner version that can be used to flood the cookies for that super-smooth finish. My kids put so many sprinkles on our cookies this year, you really couldn’t tell which version I used.
Sugar cookies with kids might not be quite the same as my pre-kids holiday bake-a-thon for stress relief, but we have fun. And that’s the most important part.
Share your sugar cookie creations with #NeverDoneWithFun and let me know who decorates the cookies in your house — you or the kids!