First of all, I must tell you that I am NOT a perfectionist when it comes to decorating cookies. So if that is your thing...I admire you but I am not you. Ha! For me this time of year is about family baking. Cookies that won't win any design awards, but will warm little one's bellies. And when it comes down to it: I believe simple, home cooked cookies trump gourmet.
I'm sharing below a few tricks for working with bagged sugar cookie dough, canned icing, and sprinkles. The result is equally delicious and easy!
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We make these simple iced sugar cookies every year. My kids love them!
Easy Iced Sugar Cookies
Preheat oven according to sugar cookie mix directions. Mix sugar cookie mix, softened butter, and egg together until dough forms. Use a teaspoon to measure out dough, roll into balls, and place balls on parchment paper/cookie sheet. Use fork to gently press down dough to about 1/2 thickness of its original height. This will give the cookie a flat spot for the icing after baking. Bake dough for about 8 minutes or until light brown along edges. Cool for 10 minutes.
After cookies have cooled, heat a few spoonfuls of icing in a microwavable bowl for 20 seconds at 50% until thin (icing will easily pour off spoon). While icing is warm, pour a bit over each cookie. Then immediately add a few sprinkles to each cookie (when icing cools, it hardens and sprinkles won't stick easily). Serve and enjoy!
Tip: I love this parchment paper from World Market! The red cross stitch pattern is so pretty and it could really be used to display baked goods after baking, too.
Happy cookie baking! Looking for more sweet treat ideas? Check out my snack recipes here!
Looking for more holiday cookies to enjoy? Here are a few bloggers favorites! Just click on the link below the image to access the recipe: