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Semi-Homemade Holiday Sugar Cookies

This post is sponsored by Walmart. All thoughts and ideas are my own.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! 
Sugar Cookie Season!

Every year I strive to make sugar cookies, but I have had the hardest time finding a sugar cookie recipe that bakes perfectly and is also delicious.  
I found it y'all.  
And I'm a big cheater.  

***HERE*** it is.  

Just add a dash of *this* and call it (semi) homemade!

Here is my baking process:

1. Make the dough 
I use THIS mixer to make all of my ingredients.
I do NOT melt the butter, but rather chop it into small pieces and, once it is at room temperature, beat it into the dough. 
Wrap manageable amounts of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

2. Roll dough out onto a floured surface and cut into shapes.
I love THESE copper cookie cutters and when I'm not using them for baking, I put them on my kitchen Christmas tree for decoration.

3. Bake according to THIS package instructions

4. Transfer using a floured spatula to THESE wire cooling racks.
I prefer using THIS spatula because it is flat and supports the entire cookie to prevent it from breaking

5.  Whilst waiting for your cookies to cool completely, 
make Royal Icing

My ROYAL ICING recipe:
I usually double this recipe
Beat all ingredients except food color in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed until mixed.  Beat on high speed 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff.  Divide and tint with food colors.  

Place in THESE disposable icing bags. Friends, I will ONLY use these icing bags now.  They are cheaper (don't squeeze hard), but you can secure your icing with a twist-tie and it won't come pouring out the top of the bag. They are easier in your hand too.  I just love using them.  Do you have a preference on icing bags?  

Cut small tip of the bag off for piping, then cut more off for flooding.

Isn't this green the perfect Christmas Tree green?

6. Pipe the outline of the cookie and let dry

7.  Flood the inside of the cookie

Flooding the cookies... notice the icing working its way out of the bag on top... such a mess... don't use stiff bags that can't be secured well.

8.  Using fun & edible sprinkles, DECORATE!

The possibilities are endless HERE!

My son practicing his photography skills and taking LOADS of pictures of cookies. :)

Walmart has a wonderful baking section!  I don't have to run all over town looking for ingredients and supplies.  My local Walmart is really my one-stop-shop for holidays.  I can also order everything at Walmart.com and have it delivered right to my doorstep.

I love baking holiday cookies and hope this inspires you to make some too!  Now, I must decide which cookie to eat with my afternoon tea.  I think the snowflakes are my favorite. No, maybe the Christmas tree.  My boys love the candy canes.  So many choices.

Happy Baking!

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