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6 Days Till Christmas: Iced Sugar Cookies

December 19, 2012

Luke 2: 8 – 14
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

Sugar cookies

Martha Stewart’s Sugar Cookies


  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • Royal Icing for decorating


  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Stir in vanilla or lemon juice and zest. Wrap dough in plastic, and chill for about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 325°. On a floured surface, roll dough to a 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, and refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Remove from refrigerator, and transfer to oven to bake until edges just start to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  3. Cover with a thin coat of royal icing, and allow to dry for 24 hours. Using a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and #3 or #4 tips, pipe designs onto cookies. Use a #70 tip to create the “leaves.”

Royal Icing

  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 3/4 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh Lemon Juice
  1. With electric mixer combine all ingredients & beat until smooth.
  2. Cover until ready to use.

If too thin, add more powdered sugar.
If too thick, more lemon juice.

  1. Lynn permalink
    December 22, 2012 5:30 am

    tammy – thanks for this!! I was just looking for a recipe to make here in TONGA that didnt’ require (gasp) “CRISCO”….merry merry to you and yours! We’re celebrating in TOnga this year…

    • December 22, 2012 1:22 pm

      Though I miss seeing y’all sitting right in front of my DH on Sunday mornings, I’m glad you are celebrating “at home” with your big guys. Merry Christmas and give hugs from me to everyone!

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