I have a love hate relationship with sugar cookies. I love eating them but I hate baking them. The rolling, shaping, frosting, sprinkling…it just takes too long!
I found this recipe originally in a Gooseberry Patch cookbook but I have edited the directions a bit. This recipe also makes the perfect amount of cookies — about 24 — so its enough to satisfy your craving without all the labor. The recipe also moves along quick enough that my “helper” (i.e. Emma) didn’t lose interest.
1 box yellow cake mix (you could really use any flavor you like)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs beaten
1) Combine the first four ingredients in a medium sized bowl; stir until smooth. The dough will be very sticky.
2) Place batter onto a floured surface. Sprinkle additional flour on top of the dough. Knead flour into the dough until it is not so sticky and can be more easily worked with.
3) Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out using cookie cutters.
4) Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes or until tops golden and sides are slightly brown.
5) Let cool before frosting with your favorite frosting and decorations.
For a new twist on your holiday party snacks and gift-giving ideas, try these super simple, delicious and addictive snack of Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels.
1 – 1 lb bag of pretzels (I found my holiday shaped pretzels at Sams Club — the giant container made 3 batches)
1/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, sugar and oil until well combined.
- Pour pretzels into a large microwave safe bowl. Pour cinnamon/sugar mixture over pretzels and stir.
- Cook the pretzels for 1 minute on high; remove from microwave and stir. Do this step two more times.
- Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper. Pour warm pretzels onto cookie sheet in a single layer. I like mine extra sweet so I sprinkled a little more cinnamon/sugar over the pretzels while they cooled.
- Once they are cool, pour into an air tight container for safe-keeping.
You can get creative with the recipe and add pecans or drizzle with chocolate. Even dried cranberries would add a nice color and texture! Mix it up however you like!
This is also a great recipe to make with the kids — no sharp knives, nothing hot to the touch and not to messy (as long as you keep the sugar on the counter).