Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas! -- The SECRET to No-Spread Cookies!

Alright guys, I've been neglecting you again. All the usual life stuff, you know. Plus holiday season is so nuts--I don't understand how all you food bloggers get out your Christmas/Holiday posts so EARLY! It really is insane--in a good way. I applaud you all.

Not as fancy as my cookie tin last year but this is what I've been giving
to family and friends!

So I have had no daylight in which to take pictures lately. I am too embarrassed at my fake-light photography to post much. But this morning I grabbed some cookies from my cookie plate and took a picture.

A picture of me and the boyfriend because we look GOOD
together :P

I HAVE been baking though! Just at weird hours with no daylight. Boyfriend and I spent all of Thursday and some of Friday catching up on my baking for various parties and whatnot. He even made his first ever batch of chocolate chip cookies! Hurrah!

Pretty tasty for a first try, eh?

I know this is late and you're probably NOT making Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve but on the offchance that you ARE and you're getting frustrated with bloaty cookies that spread so much--Santa should NOT look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow man--this recipe will change your LIFE. Sure, it is a pain in the butt to wait around for all of the refridgeration but TRUST ME you'll be glad you did. Never in my life have I made such lovely Christmas cookies that keep their shape!

I would also like to add that I got an off-brand sil-pat and it's my new Kitchen VIP. I save soo much on parchment paper now (though, as this recipe shows, it's still good to have some on hand) and it's just magical. No more mess on the pans! I was going to buy the fancy $40 version I'm seeing on all the blogs but the Williams Sonoma outlet was out. Another, less ritzy kitchen store had them for $10-$20. I got one of the $20 ones (which look like the expensive version) and one $10 and they both work wonderfully. A great last-minute Christmas list idea for sure!

I was overly ambitious and wanted to make Royal Icing from scratch, but an AC Moore sale on cookie decorating tubes and lack of time won me over. Definitely kind of goopy and not the best idea though. If you want a BOMB royal icing recipe head on over to my lady over at Dash and a Pinch, she made some awesome Star Wars cookies recently.

(From Bakespace)*

  • 6 cups flour 
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder 
  • 2 cups unsalted butter 
  • 2 cups superfine/baking sugar (not powdered)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Almond extract
  • 1 tsp. fine grain (table) salt

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add eggs and vanilla and mix well.

Mix dry ingredients and add gradually to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

Chill for 1 to 2 hours. The best method is to flatten dough between two sheets of parchment paper and chill until firm and cold. This takes about an hour but I did it overnight.

Roll out onto countertop between parchment and sprinkle with flour. Cut into desired shapes and place onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or sil-pat.

Place cookie sheet in freezer for ten minutes. VITAL STEP.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.

*The original recipe is for adorable bra-shaped cookies, which I used when making cookies for Rocky Horror in October, hehe.

Merry Christmas from a grumpy Santa Paws!

Finn has all the Christmas spirit of Grumpy Cat.


  1. Aww you and boyfriend look so cute! So does the cat :P And I have a silpat and an off brand silpat and I love them both! Aren't they great?! These cookies you made look delicious! Hope you had a great Christmas :)

    1. I can't decide which is more adorable--Cory or Finn, haha. I hope you had a great Christmas too! When does your movie come out? I am the biggest Stephen King fan and am dyyying to see it!

  2. Oh what a cutee adorable! wishing you Happy New Year!!!xo

  3. Haha!!! I love Grumpy Santa Paws. If I had an outfit for Flatpac.. she too would be grumpy santa paws.. maybe santa claws. Your cookies look d'lish!

  4. You're guys DO look good together...hope Christmas was great for you these cookies =)

  5. Your cat looks so excited to be in a holiday outfit LOL! My cat would be so mad at me. Great tip on the cookies! Happy Holidays!

  6. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and your cat is so cute with the santa hat! :) You and your BF are cute together too. ;) Love your Christmas tree cookies!

  7. What great tips for cute cookies! I agree that those silcone baking mats are amazing. Your cookies looks delicious. Hope you had a great holiday and a happy new years!

  8. Aww you and the boyfriend ARE cute together! Love it. :) My brother requests plain sugar cookies EVERY YEAR for Christmas so I definitely need to try these out!

  9. Happy New Year! Thanks for the cookie tip! BTW cute cat :-)