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Easy Holiday Cookies Recipe

Easy Holiday Cookies Recipe:

The best way to bring the whole family together this winter season is baking Christmas Holiday Cookies!

Peppermint Cookies

Try this easy recipe for Sugar Cookies with White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting, courtesy of The Fairbanks House:

Sugar Cookies
• 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 1 ½ cups white sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonful of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting
• 6 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
• 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
• ¼ cup milk
• 4 ounces (8 tablespoons) butter
• 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
• ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions
1. Melt white chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of water that is not quite simmering. Make sure the bottom of the bowl rests several inches above the surface of the water. Stir chocolate until smooth and let cool to room temperature on the countertop.
2. Sift the powdered sugar into a medium-sized bowl. Using a whisk, stir in the milk until all of the sugar has dissolved and mixture is smooth. Add butter, peppermint and vanilla extracts, and salt and continue to beat until smooth and shiny. With a rubber spatula, stir in the cooled white chocolate.
3. Place frosting in the refrigerator until cool enough to frost the cookies, about 30 minutes. (Frosting can be kept for a day in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Refrigerated frosting will need to soften at room temperature before spreading.)
Spread frosting over cooled cookies and top with chopped peppermint candies or candy canes if desired.  Enjoy!

Thanks to Amelia Island for sharing this classic Holiday Recipe!

 

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