I did something for the first time last weekend. I made decorated cut-out sugar cookies. To most, this may not seem like that big of a deal. But for me, it was huge. For several reasons.
If you have followed my blog a while now, it is no secret that I have a thing for cookies. Possibly an obsession. I have 25 cookie recipes on this blog. Twenty-Five!
But for some reason I have always stayed away from decorated cut-out cookies. I usually say that it’s because I don’t like frosting, and that really is true. I much prefer things without frosting. But the truth of the matter is that I am intimidated by them. While I may be confident in my creativity at creating recipes and and flavor combinations, my artistic ability is literally about the level of a 5 year old. So naturally I run and hide and make excuses for anything that I’m not amazing at. It’s what I do.
But I’m trying to make it not what I do. I started simple. I don’t know if you can really consider these “decorated cookies,” but they involved a piping bag and a steady hand so for me that is waaaaay out of my comfort zone. And using the tree cookie cutter set was perfect because you can easily hide the imperfections by the way you stack them. I do admit, it came out really adorable. I was pretty pleased and will definitely have to try more advanced versions of the decorating soon.
If you have never had a sour cream sugar cookie you NEED to make these. The are perfect. Several of my family members and friends make these around the holidays every year and they are my favorite. They stay perfectly soft, have a bit of tang, and are just a little too addicting. The perfect holiday cookie.
You can find cookie cutters to make this tree by clicking here.