White Velvet Cut Out Cookies

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 I have a secret to share with you!

I don’t bake.

I mean, not often.

But, I wanted to share this white velvet cookie recipe with you

this season because what is Christmas without baking?

This recipe is one that my family has been using for the last few years.

On Christmas Eve,we have a reindeer dinner.

We go all out with the reindeer plates, napkins, glasses, and even antlers.

My daughters love the themed party!

They strategically chose which reindeer they are going to be for the evening.

Each reindeer has a personality attached to its name

and special way of dancing or prancing.

white velvet christmas cookies

 The recipe has all the healthy ingredients that you would expect from white velvet cookies.

Butter.

Cream Cheese.

Shortening.

Cream.

christmas sugar cookies with frosting

Each year after leaving the Lepak house

Santa has to adjust that belt buckle.

And frankly, so do I.

As they say,

A moment on the lips.

Forever on the hips.

But, hey it’s Christmas!

We can worry about the hips in our New Year’s resolutions, right?

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White Velvet Cut Out Cookies

from: Dandelion Patina (print recipe)

 

COOKIES

2 C butter, softened

1-8 oz cream cheese, softened

2 C sugar

2 egg yolks

1 tsp vanilla

4 ½ C flour

 

FROSTING

3 ½ C powdered sugar

1 Tbs shortening

3 Tbs butter, softened

½ tsp vanilla or desired extract flavor

3-4 Tbs milk or cream

 

Cookies: Cream butter, sugar, cream cheese until fluffy. Add egg yolks, vanilla. Gradually add flour until combined. Roll out and cut into desired shapes. Put on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

 

Frosting: Combine 1 ½ C powdered sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla, and 3 Tbs milk. Beat until fluffy (3 min). Add rest of powdered sugar and beat until fluffy and spreadable.

 

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sugar cookies with frosting

As part of our Christmas Eve traditional festivities,

we bake, all evening.

A special cookie cutter is used just for this occasion.

Can you guess what the shape our cookies are?

Ethiopia.

The cutter makes the perfect sized cookie for the best frosting with sprinkle creations!

Christmas cookie recipe

{Frosting and sprinkle creations brought to you by my daughters!}

 

Now, I have a special treat for you!

Hop over to all these great blogs below to find a recipe that temps those taste buds!

Then, stop back on Friday-

we will be having a party where you can add your favorite holiday cookie recipes.

I can’t wait to find some new goodies to try, even if I don’t bake that often!

 

Oh, and just one more thing before you go-

which is your favorite reindeer?

My daughters want to know!

I’m sharing this recipe over at:

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Thistlewood Farms

 

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Baking. Who needs measuring cups?

My girls have been cultivating their baking skills with great passion. It has been a pleasant surprise! It seems that our 5 year old is getting the bowls and ingredients out every day recently. At times, it is pretty inconvenient. Like, bedtime or 6 in the morning. I do see us investing in a culinary arts school in her distant future.  My 7 year old does quite a bit of participating, but she usually will flee the scene until it is time to test out the product. She is right there for the first bite!

Drum roll please……

For your baking pleasure, I introduce Sugary Carrot Cake. Named by my 5 year old. Another mix of ingredients recipe gone right. Measuring cups are a thing of the past.  Adding the sugar granules on top gives it just the right touch. What is anything without some sugar sprinkled on?

Sugar carrot cake

Sugary Carrot Cake would not be complete without a touch of frosting. She is very focused on her work. Check out that expression.

frosting carrot cake

A quick tasting for good measure. Oops, you caught me. Hee.

taste for good measure

And after you frost, well you need to light the birthday candles. Of course. Singing Happy Birthday is also a requirement. To each other. The neighbors. The cousins. Their friends. The dogs. The list goes on indefinitely.

birthday candles

Let your children experiment with  all the elements of baking.  Let their imaginations go wild. I am talking flour on their shirts and in their hair! It is so much fun! My girls love the feeling of accomplishment. The sense of pride in what they have created. Here is the recipe for their blue ribbon banana bread. Happy baking!

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