This is the time of year when I like to give gifts from the kitchen. Homemade fudge, candies, cookies, drink mixes, you name it, I have gifted it. I like sugar cookies but the thought of mixing, rolling, cutting, baking, and decorating them can take all afternoon. Now if I think that way, I am sure others think that too. I do love a good sugar cookie this time of year but my time is limited with all the other Christmastime activities going on. One year I gave the gift of time, so to speak. I gave my friends these Cookie Baking Kits with homemade sugar cookie dough, sprinkles, icing, a cookie cutter, and directions on how to bake and decorate the cookies. Everything was right there for them and what they got was a nice time with their children listening to Christmas music and baking cookies together.
Items you will need to put your kits together…
5 cellophane bags with twisty ties
5 cookie cutters
plastic wrap to wrap dough
One recipe Sugar Cookie Dough -below
5 button bags for sprinkles- found at Michael’s
One recipe Icing- below
5 ziptop plastic snack sized baggies for icing
5 print outs of directions- below
Big Red Kitchen’s Favorite Sugar Cookie Dough
3 cups packed light brown sugar
3 sticks unsalted butter
1 tsp baking soda
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Kosher salt
1 cup milk
1 T vanilla extract
8-10 cups flour
In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, soda, baking powder, milk, and vanilla. Mix well. Add in one cup of flour at a time until the dough is a rolling consistency. Not too sticky. Once the dough is mixed separate into 5 logs and wrap in plastic wrap. This dough recipe will make 5 Cookie Baking Kits.
Icing for Cookie Baking Kits
3 cups powdered sugar
6 t. light karo syrup
8 t. milk
1 t. vanilla
Mix all together. Mixture will be thick and shiny.
Note- Divide icing evenly into 5 ziptop plastic snack sized baggies and seal.
Instructions for your Sugar Cookie Baking Kits
Keep refrigerated until ready to use. Use within 5 days or freeze.
On a floured surface roll out chilled cookie dough to 1/8 thick. Using the provided cookie cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can. Place on a cookie sheet and re-roll dough and continue to cut cookie dough until all the dough is used. Decorate a few with sprinkles prior to baking- press sprinkles gently into dough. Bake in 500 degree oven on the bottom rack for 3 minutes then the top rack for 1 minute. Watch closely that they do not burn. Remove to cooling racks. To decorate with the provided icing, snip a small corner of the plastic bag off and decorate cookies with pretty designs. Enjoy!
To Assemble Kits
Wrap each log of dough in plastic wrap and place in a cellophane bag along with a baggie of icing, a button baggie of sprinkles, and baking directions- to print out baking directions, highlight the directions above, right click your mouse and click on “print”, when your print window comes up, in the small box that reads “page range” click on “selection,” then increase number of copies to 5, finally hit “print” at the bottom of the box. Tie on a cookie cutter with curling ribbon. Curl ribbon. Refrigerate or freeze before giving. Give to 5 friends. Done.
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Come back tomorrow for Day 8.