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Sugar cookies are a must for the holiday season! I was dying to make a cookie board this year, but I really didn’t want it to be an all consuming project!
One way to make life easier was to make two batches of sugar cookie dough and use it to make three different cookies!
The Sugar Cookie Dough
My favorite recipe currently is the Bon Appetit Ultimate Sugar Cookie Recipe.
It’s less of a traditional sugar cookie, but rather a cross between a butter cookie and a sugar cookie! Feel free to use your own favorite recipe!
I made two batches of sugar cookie dough, and divided that up into three. Made the dough once, and baked three different types of cookies.
Three Ways with one Sugar Cookie Dough
Once you have the dough made, chill it if your recipe requires to you. If it’s too soft, it’ll be difficult to shape the cookies.
Then you’re ready to pump out these cookies! I made three different festive cookies for my cookie board.
ONE: Christmas Tree Ornament Cookies
I was inspired by this Food Network Stained Glass Cookie .
You’ll need crushed hard candy like Jolly Ranchers, and green food coloring.
Dye one part of the cookie dough green, and cut out the cookie dough into Christmas Tree Shape.
Lay the cookies in the baking pan that you will bake them in.
Then make small circles in the cut out tree cookies.
Fill the holes with crushed hard candy and bake.
Once baked, while the candy is still hot and melted, add sprinkles to add additional sparkle! Let the cookies cool completely before removing from pan.
TWO: Chocolate Dipped Finger Cookies
Add cocoa powder to one part of the cookie dough and knead the dough until it’s all incorporated.
Roll out the dough and cut into equal rectangles, and bake.
Remove from oven and cool. Once cooled, get ready to decorate!
To decorate, melt white chocolate or candy melts in the microwave. Empty the melted chocolate in a short glass. Dip one end of the cookie into the chocolate, and let the excess drip. Top with festive sprinkles! Let dry until the chocolate has hardened.
THREE: Snowflake Cookies
I used a cookie stamp to cut out snowflake cookies, and then baked them.
Once cooled, get ready to decorate!
To decorate, make a simple glaze with 2 tablespoons icing sugar, and just a few drops of water to make it a runny consistency. Dip the cookies, face down, into the glaze, and top with coarse sugar or sprinkles! Let dry for a few hours.
Enjoy the cookies on their own, or assemble them with your favorite cookies on a cookie board!