Iced Holiday Sugar Cookies

Baked sugar cookies are a tasty blank canvas for all of your holiday creativity! Add festive flavor and cheer with an easy, homemade confectioners’ sugar icing. You choose the flavor by adding a splash of McCormick® extract – orange, almond, peppermint and more. Pipe the icing onto each cut-out to add beautiful holiday hues with Color from Nature™ Food Colors. 

Ingredients
Serves: Makes 3 dozen or 36 (1 cookie) servings.
Directions
30 mins Prep time 10 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
10 mins Cook time
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix flour and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.

  • Roll dough on generously floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes with 3-inch holiday cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges start to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

  • Prepare desired colors of Glazes (see tip). Decorate cooled cookies with glazes.

Cooking tip

Icing Variations: For the variations below, dissolve the designated amount of  the Color from Nature™  Food Colors with water in medium bowl. Stir in any remaining ingredients until smooth, adding additional water if needed for a flowable consistency. Use icing soon after preparing. Do not refrigerate icing, as it will begin to harden.  

To ice and decorate cookies, fill a clear disposable pastry bag with desired colored icing. Snip off a tiny piece from the bottom of the bag. Squeeze icing through hole in pastry bag to create an outline around the cookie and to fill in the center of the cookie. Use a toothpick to smooth out the icing in the center of the cookie completely. Let icing dry before decorating with additional colors. Place decorated cookies on wire rack until icing is completely dry.

Evergreen: Use 1/2 teaspoon Sky Blue color and 1/4 teaspoon Sunflower color from McCormick® Color from Nature™ Assorted Food Colors, 6 tablespoons water, 4 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Peppermint Extract.

Garland Gold: Use 1/4 teaspoon Sunflower color from McCormick® Color from Nature™ Assorted Food Colors, 3 tablespoons water and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar.

Berry Christmas: Use 1/4 teaspoon Berry color from McCormick® Color from Nature™ Assorted Food Colors, 3 tablespoons water and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar.

Winter Sky:  Use 1/4 teaspoon Sky Blue color from McCormick® Color from Nature™ Assorted Food Colors, 3 tablespoons water and 2 cups confectioners’ sugar.  

Nutrition information

(Amount per serving)

  • 221Calories: 221Cholesterol: 19mg
  • Sodium: 108mgProtein: 1g
  • Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3g
  • Fiber: 0gCarbohydrate: 43g
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