makin’ cookies for Santa

Yesterday the kiddos and I made a huge batch of sugar cookies. We picked out all our favourite Christmas cookie cutters, all our favourite decorations and the kiddies had a blast decorating their cookies. We probably decorated cookies for at least a couple hours. Kirsten really enjoyed herself, but Cam lost interest after about half an hour. Mom had to step in and help finish decorating the cookies. Here’s some pics and the recipe we used. * Please ignore the less than stellar photos – it gets dark here at about 4:00 and I had to use my speedlight which I obviously have not quite mastered yet, lol. I love natural light photography and hate my speedlight! Or maybe my speedlight hates me!*

The end result – do you think they liked the icing eyes, lol!

And a couple of mine:

And here’s the recipe we used – it was really easy and tasty and made a HUGE amount of cookies:


1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Recipe from allrecipes.com

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9 thoughts on “makin’ cookies for Santa

  1. Aimee

    Merry Christmas Jill! All of the cookies are darling. I particularly care for the ones with 10 eyes. These days go by so fast and before you know it, they are gone. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your beautiful family.

  2. Erin

    So CUTE! I love everything you do with your kids’ “fun food”. I am wondering if you can take a look at the icing eyes package and see if they are processed in a facility that also processes nuts? I can’t tell from Amazon’s site, and we have a nut allergy in our house.

  3. Jill

    Thank-you so much ladies!

    Miki – I buy my icing eyes from Amazon – there’s a link to them at the bottom of this post

    Erin – I just checked and the only package I currently have are the wilton icing eyes. Although there are no nuts in the ingredients, it doesn’t say anywhere on the package whether they are processed in a nut-free facility or not. Sorry! You would think in this day and age that it would have said.

  4. Erin

    Thank you so much! If they don’t say anything usually they’re okay. Thanks for taking the time to answer me and for your wonderful blog!


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