DIY: My Winning Cookie Recipe!

December 23, 2012

my cookies styled in Country Home magazine

It's time!
And this one's our favorite.

Baking these buttercream iced butter cookies
is a holiday tradition with my kids,
dating back more than 20 years.

My recipe even won a contest a few years back!

Keep reading to get to the recipe.*

Enjoy some wine and cheese
as you prepare the dough
the night before you'll bake them.

*Do lick the bowl.*

The next day: roll out the dough
(or be super lazylike and just
do the cut and bake thang),
cut out shapes, and bake em off.
The frosting is unbelievably'll see.

Here is the lovely crew we're lucky
enough to call family...we're hosting
Christmas Eve, then, we'll head
to their place for a continuation
of Christmas shenanigans.

Let's bake cookies and
get our merry on, peeps!

Peace to you right where you are.

*Luke's Christmas
Love Cookies
Prep: 50 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Bake: 7 minutes/batch

Oven: 375°

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 7-oz. jar marshmallow cream
3/4 cup butter, cut up and softened
3/4 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Colored sprinkles

1. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer on medium to high speed, beat 1 cup butter for 30 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and almond extract. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide in half. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours or until easy to handle.

2. On a lightly floured surface roll half of dough at a time until slightly less than 1/4 inch thick. Cut dough using a 2 1/2-inch star-shape cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake in 375° oven 7 to 8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Transfer to wire racks; cool.

4. In large mixing bowl beat marshmallow cream, gradually adding 3/4 cup softened butter. Beat in 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Spread or pipe atop cookies. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Makes 6 1/2 dozen cookies.

TO STORE : Store in a single layer in refrigerator until frosting sets, about 1 hour. Store in a single layer in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze uniced cookies.

Per cookie: 73 cal., 4 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 14 mg chol., 49 mg sodium, 8 g carbo., 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein.

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  1. Those are so pretty to look at. That's so neat about winning the contest.

  2. Those cookies look great... as does your family... Merry, Merry Christmas!

  3. I'm done baking cookies for one week so I'm going to make your cookies in a few days when I've rested some they look delicious! Your family looks wonderful such a gorgeous group.

    I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas Michele!


  4. What a beautiful family!
    I admit to using frozen cookie dough this year. I purchased it from a sweet little girl in the neighborhood who was selling it as a fundraiser for school!

    Merry Christmas, Michele!



  5. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!! xo

  6. Merry Christmas Michele!!! I can't wait to try these cookies, I've been in search of a better recipe! I just want to thank you for lifting me with your beautiful spirit and talents!!! You give back more than you know and I thank you so much for that! You have such a beautiful family and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!!


  7. Merry Christmas darling!
    Will bake these tom. Fingers crossed!!!

  8. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

    Merry Christmas,
    Pearl 13.1

  9. No way! This is your very own recipe!?, that won a contest and was featured in a magazine?! And you shared it with us for Christmas! That's so sweet... They look like they would taste divine


  10. Hope u had a wonderful Christmas!!! Peace for the new year!!
    Xo Karolyn

  11. I feel like such a Slacker, I didn't bake a single Cookie this Holiday Season! Your Images and Recipe have Inspired me to get a late start on it... better late than never, right?! *winks*

    Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


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