Decorating cut-out sugar cookies might not seem like such a big deal, but it's been something I've been avoiding for a long time. I usually skip cookie recipes requiring cut-outs and decorating. This year, I decided to embrace the challenge.
I didn't just want to put some random sprinkles on my cookie cut-outs though. I wanted to go all out. I wanted my Christmas trees to have green and have ornaments. I wanted my snowflakes to have those elegant silver looking beads.
I looked at tons of pictures, watched some quick tutorials, and then purchased some Christmas cookie cutters. Then I went about looking for my Christmas sprinkles. First I tried to find the silver beads. After some research, I learned that they are called dragees. Upon further research I learned that they are illegal in California! Apparently these pretty metallic looking beads are metallic and not exactly safe to eat. Though people eat them in such small quantities, there shouldn't be any effects,which is why they are allowed everywhere else.
Oh California. I should have known you would be the first state to make dragees illegal. You've taken away my dreams of owning my own hedgehog or sugar glider as pets, and now I can't properly decorate my cookies either?
Next, I went on to find some regular Christmas sprinkles. Some green, white and red tiny ball shaped sprinkles, some mini Christmas trees, Christmas sprinkles shaped like ones you find on ice cream sundaes, etc. And I couldn't find any. The only ones I could find were glass type sprinkles in red and green which I used to decorate my soft sugar cookies.
After not finding my sprinkles at my local supermarket, I went and tried a few others. Nothing! I also went to Target, Walmart, and anywhere else where I'm sure I've seen a variety of sprinkles in the past. I went to nine different stores. Nothing!
So that is why my cookies look so painfully plain this year. The cut-out recipe I used was wonderful, but after not being able to find the sprinkles I wanted to use, I chose not to sprinkle them at all. The cookies still tasted great, though they are pretty naked looking. If anyone has any helpful advice on where to get Christmas sprinkles in San Diego, please let me know.
Cut-out sugar cookies (from allrecipes)
Yields: Approximately 5 dozen cookies
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in
eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover,
and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).(I did mine overnight)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on
floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie
cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.