Rollout Christmas Cookie Dough & Icing Recipe

Rollout Christmas Cookie Dough and Icing RecipeI’m sharing my mom’s recipe today. It’s that recipe that always reminds me of home and my childhood. Every year my mom would bake a big batch of rollout cookies and my brother and I would sit on the counter and frost cookies for hours. I carried on the tradition and made these with my boys when they were little and friends kids too. Here’s a little tip: the corn syrup in the icing recipe is what makes it thick enough to create  beautiful designs and patterns on your cookies. I load it into a decorating bag and get creative. 

Rollout Christmas Cookie Dough
Serves 35
Rollout Christmas Cookie Dough
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  1. 3/4 C Sugar
  2. 1/2 C Melted Shortening
  3. 2 Eggs Beaten
  4. 1 tsp Vanilla
  5. 2 C Flour
  6. 1 tsp Cream Tartar
  7. 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  8. 1/2 tsp Salt
  1. Combine Sugar, Shortening, Eggs, and Vanilla with a mixer. Add Remaining ingredients and mix until a dough ball forms. Chill for one hours. Roll out dough 1/8" thick, cut into shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 6-10 minutes depending on oven temp.
  1. I only bake these cookies for 6 minutes and let them cool on the cookies sheet. The heat coming off it will finish the baking time and give you a firm yet soft cookie.
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Cookie Icing
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  1. 6 cups powdered sugar
  2. ¼-½ cup whole milk
  3. ¼ cup light corn syrup
  4. 2 teaspoons almond extract
  5. gel food coloring (in desired colors)
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine sugar and ¼ cup milk. Mix until smooth. Add milk as need to create a smooth mixture, one tablespoon at a time. Add corn syrup and almond extract.
  2. To decorate cookies, your outline icing should be the consistency of toothpaste, your flood icing should be the consistency of corn syrup.
  3. Add food coloring one drop at a time until desired color is reached. Pour into bottles, decorator bags or a cup.
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  1. Kathleen G says:

    Fun and messy decorating sugar cookies:). My mom made the frosting with confection sugar and water, adding food coloring back in the day. But boy, we just had a blast decorating them:).
    Merry Christmas! Kathleen in Az

    1. Kathleen my Mom used milk instead of water and we loved it too.

  2. Merry Christmas Dawn… enjoy! I love your blog.

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