“Cookies, again?” you might wonder. Another cookie post? Yes, just one more, though, I promise. It’s Christmas, after all. This recipe is so nice and simple and fun, that I hated to leave it out, and you may find yourself turning to it again and again in future years. Cookie baking has been raised to a high, rather nerve-racking, art in recent years, but these are a cinch to make–there’s no chilling, rolling out, measuring with a ruler, or any other baking funny business. You will not have to send in an order to the King Arthur Flour people for special ingredients. Just roll the easy-to-make dough into little balls and then–what fun–roll them in sparkly sugar or rainbow-colored sprinkles. Flatten them with the bottom of a glass (also fun), and into the oven they go. The kid in me loves anything with rainbow-colored sprinkles. Speaking of kids, this would be a great recipe to make with them. They can have fun with the sprinkles, and flattening and smashing the balls of dough. Having an assortment of sprinkles to choose from would make it even more fun.
None of this would matter if they weren’t good cookies, but they are–tender, crisp, and buttery. For a more upscale look, roll the balls of dough in white sparkles–the cookies glisten like little snowballs. Or you could roll them in cinnamon sugar, or mix in mini-chocolate chips, or dip half of each cookie in chocolate. There’s only one thing to look out for, baking-wise. The cookie tops hardly brown at all, so after ten minutes baking, check the bottom of a cookie to see if it’s golden brown. If it is, they are done.
Easy Christmas Cookies
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups flour
Colored sugars and/or sprinkles.
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Either grease the cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.
Beat butter and sugars together thoroughly. Beat in egg and vanilla well. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir into the butter mixture. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, and then roll in sparkly sugar or colored sprinkles. Place about two inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a glass into two-inch rounds.
Bake for 10 minutes or until bottom of cookies are golden.