Sugar Cookies as An important part of the Worldwide Holiday Traditions

by Kathy Straw

American Christmas Cookie Practice

In Canada and also the U.S., Moms are going to prepare sugar cookies which can be found in different shapes as those of candy canes, reindeer, and also holly leaves, and little children will have to leave these cookies alongside milk on a dining table or outside the doorway, assuming that Santa Claus would come and get these cookies during the night before Christmas.

This kind of Christmas Eve custom is actually practiced since 1930's. Gingerbread cookies have been certainly one of the popular sugar cookies made in Christmas holidays.

Lemon and Vanilla Bean White Sugar Cookies

These sugar cookies would be absolutely perfect for filling out your Yuletide traditions. They are not difficult to make plus delicious!


two sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature, 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 large egg, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, Zest of half a lemon (or the zest of a full lemon, in case you really like lemon), 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. salt,


With any huge container, Work with an electric mixer or hand mixer in order to combine butter and confectioners' sugar on medium-high speed until mixture is very well mixed up. Break the egg and then beat properly. Stir in vanilla extract, then seeds taken from your vanilla bean, as well as lemon zest. Beat right until blended. Blend in the flour and salt, and whip on low speed till thoroughly combined, or when there are no longer streaks of flour. Shape the dough into a ball and wrap up securely using plastic wrapping. Store in the fridge until mixture is chilled and firm, for a minimum of 1-2 hours.

Once the dough is all set, pre-heat your oven to 375 F. Set up baking sheets by simply coating each with parchment paper. Take out the cold dough from the fridge and spread it out on top of a nicely floured flat work surface. Roll the dough until eventually it's about -inch thick. Shape the dough into your preferred Christmas shapes by using cookie cutters, and then move to the prepared baking sheets.

Bake dough for roughly 8-10 minutes. When nearly done baking, rotate the baking sheets until completely done but lightly browned. Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, and after that place to the wire rack to cool even further and thoroughly.

Embellish as preferred.

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