Thursday, December 12, 2013

Chloë's Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree



I am so excited!! Chloë & I finally got to make cookies together! We've been so busy with work, school, sports, dance, decorating & everything else that doesn't fall under those categories that i was wondering if it would ever get done. I found this recipe at Cooking Classy. The bars are SO much easier than the cut-outs ones & as you'll see below can still be fun for the little ones.



Ingredients:

Cookies: 

  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour is fine)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Few drops of food coloring (we used teal), sprinkles (we used clear/white) (& we used crushed cherry candy canes )-my mom always put crushed candy on her insanely delicious creations. so, thanks for the idea mom!
   


Frosting:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Directions:
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. (The longer you beat it, the fluffier your cookies will be.)
Add eggs and combine well.
Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until completely blended.
Slowly add the flour mixture and stir until well combined.
Gently press the batter into the greased baking dish and spread out with hands. 
Bake 17-20 minutes, or until edges become lightly golden.
Set aside to cool completely.

FROSTING
In a medium bowl, cream together butter, powdered sugar, and half and half until light and fluffy.
Stir in vanilla and salt, combine well.
Add food coloring until desired color.
Frost your cooled cookie bars evenly.

Cut into squares and serve.  

Here's Chloë in action

 adding the teal food coloring...




you must taste...

and taste...

and taste...

and taste...

and taste some more!

here are our topping supplies


first the sprinkles...

we cut the bars and of course a taste.

then she made the christmas tree on a platter & added the crushed candy canes.

Here we are…she used a chocolate crinkle for the stem & the plastic toy heart was her idea




Merry Christmas from our home to yours!
Colette