With Thanksgiving only about a week away, recipes have been flying around left and right for the perfect turkey, the most incredible stuffing, and some “unique” version of apple pie. While everyone at the store is fighting you for the last can of pumpkin or the only turkey that isn’t 30 lbs (honestly, who has this many people to feed?), I’ve been hiding in the baking aisle just hoarding all the spices and a whole lot of powdered sugar.
Even though I’m a huge proponent of pie, I have really just been craving some simple sugar cookies. Ending every holiday meal of the season with a mound of sticky, sugary pecans and a huge scoop of ice cream sounds incredible in theory, but having a lighter option can really come in handy since the meals are already so decadent. Not ready to give up my autumnal spices, I threw cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger into my sugar cookie dough for good measure. They were then topped off with a cinnamon glaze, reminiscent of a handful of red hots with a little less spiciness.
Since I’m not headed home for the holidays just quite yet, I’ve been very cognizant of the things I am thankful for. My family, who I am missing dearly on this holiday, are thankfully only a phone call away. They are the best at keeping me updated on Cedric’s new costume (our adorable Boston Terrier puppy) and Emma’s latest recital pieces. Missing out on big events, and even just nights at home watching Poirot, is really hard for me; but when I do get to go home it is a real vacation and treat for us all.
In missing my family, I also have to thank my wonderful friends, or as I like to think of them, my stand in family. I am so lucky to have a group each year for a Friendsgiving that I enjoy so much, as well as people all year round I can count on for anything. No matter what is going on, I can always find someone to go to trivia with on Wednesdays, help me move a couch out of my apartment, supply me with sugar pick me ups at work when I pack a way too healthy snack, or just drink wine and watch Netflix marathons all night. I’m smiling just writing this.
Show you are thankful to your loved ones! Bake them cookies and make them feel loved!
Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
3/4 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
2.5 cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
3 cups Powdered Sugar
5 Tbs. Milk
1-2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 drops Red Food Coloring
4 drops Yellow Food Coloring
1. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix until smooth. Slowly add in the spices, flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until fully combined. Cover the dough and place into the refrigerator for 1 hour.
2. Preheat the oven 400 deg F. Take your chilled dough and place it on a flat, floured surface. Take a rolling pin (or a tall glass because you’re a young adult and somehow purchasing a rolling pin doesn’t seem necessary) and roll out the dough to 1/4″ thick. Use a leaf cooking cutter to cut sugar cookie dough and place on a cookie sheet 1″ apart. Bake for 6 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
3. Once the cookies are cool, put together your glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and cinnamon with the milk. Then add food coloring and combine. Cover each cookie by placing the cookies on a wire rack over a piece of waxed paper (makes for an easy clean up) and then spoon 1/2 Tbs. of glaze on to each cookie and spread it to the edges. The glaze will start to drip down the sides and fully cover it.
Store in an air tight container for up to one week.
Recipe by Bunny Baubles Blog