I’m singing! I’m in a store, and I’m SIIIING-IIIIIIIING! Aw, man. I dare you to tell me that Elf doesn’t have the best quotes of any holiday movie ever. A bunch of us blogger-type folks recently got together and founded the #ChristmasCookieSquad: a one-day, no-holds-barred cookie extravaganza! And since recipes aren’t usually my forte, I had to find another way to jazz up my cookies. So obviously I turned to the thing that I do best — quote movies. I’m almost sad to eat these cookies, they’re so fun! And they’re the perfect complement to an Elf-watching holiday party, amiright? We’ll get to what the rest of these amazing folks have baked up for you, but first, here’s how to make yourself some Elf Quote Christmas Cookies.
1 cup soft unsalted butter
2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the basic sugar cookie recipe, you’ll need one that makes for a firm cookie that won’t spread at all as it bakes. This recipe held up like a champ! Start with that to create your plain dough.
Once your dough is made, separate it into as many sections as you’d like different colors of cookie. We separated into four sections. Color each different section of cookie with some food coloring. To create similar colors to ours, use the chart below:
- pink = 5 drops neon pink
- red = 20 drops neon pink
- light green = 1 drop neon green, 1 drop neon blue
- dark green = 5 drops neon green
Drop the coloring onto the ball of dough that you’re working with and knead it until the coloring is evenly spread. Do this with all colors. Once the colors are mixed, lightly flatten each dough ball and wrap it in its own individual plastic wrap. Chill all dough for at least 1 hour; we let ours chill overnight.
Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator about 5 minutes before you plan on rolling it out to soften a bit. Prep your baking pans with a bit of nonstick spray and set your oven to 350. Flour your surface and rolling pin generously. Roll one color of dough out to about 1/4″ thick. Cut out your cookie shapes and place them on the baking sheet. (We strongly recommend putting them on the baking sheet before stamping the letters into them!)
With your cookies cut out, gather your letters. Stamp the letters onto the cookies either one at a time or by sliding them onto the frame of your imprinting set and stamping all at once. For this project, I found that one letter at a time yielded a better result. One tip: start with whichever letter will be in the center of your cookie and work your way out, so you don’t end up with too much or too little room on the end of your line after you start stamping.
Stamp out all of your messages and place the cookies in the oven to bake! The recipe calls for 8-12 minutes in the oven but we baked ours for about 6 minutes. Just keep a close eye on them, as they’re pretty delicate and will burn easily.
Ta-daaaaaa! If your guests don’t absolutely die for these babies, you tell ’em to call me and I’ll straighten them out. I seriously had to keep slapping Ryan’s hand away as I was taking pictures because he kept trying to sneak one away to eat. (They’re delicious to boot!) Now before you run to the kitchen to get baking, be sure to check out the rest of the Christmas Cookie Squad, who have some insanely great cookies for you today! Be sure to peek at them all and let us know which you’ll be trying out. Also, we want you to join the Squad! Share your own cookies on Instagram with #ChristmasCookieSquad so we can all get a virtual sugar high. Can’t wait to see what you’re baking this year!
Go get your cookie on! xoxo
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