Sherelle Christensen, sherellechristensen.typepad.comfarmers-wife-cookies

I grew up looking forward to making sugar cookies with my family every Christmas. Now that my kids are getting a little older, it’s hard to find time to cut out and decorate each cookie. We still wanted to enjoy one of our favorite holiday treats, so we started baking these simple sugar cookies. They have that delicious sugar cookie taste without all the extra time and mess of using cookie cutters and coloring frosting.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cream butter, oil and sugar in a large mixing bowl or mixer until smooth. Add water, vanilla and eggs, and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and continue to mix. Place about 1/4 cup of sugar into a small bowl, spoon dough using a medium-sized cookie scoop, and roll into a ball shape. Place dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Use a glass bottom to flatten the cookie by first dipping it into the bowl of sugar and then pushing down on the top of the cookie. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, and then place on a cooling rack. Once cookies are cool, frost and add sprinkles.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. milk