Our Bakers are like little elves, busy making all of your favorites so you can enjoy the spirit of the holidays without the flour and fuss. But they also respect those who love to roll up their sleeves and dough it themselves, so here are a couple Christmas classics to take or bake!

Cookies for Decorating — Creative Celebrations!

Gather your little ones for an afternoon of cookie fun when you buy our new U-Decorate Cookies, complete with icing, sprinkles, sugars and decorations to make your holiday cookies little works of art. Start with our housemade cut-out sugar cookies in holiday shapes. They’re made from scratch and hand-cut by our Bakers just like you would do at home, but so much easier. Plus, they come in packages of 10, so there’s plenty to go around.

Then, pick up a six-pack or two of our Gingerbread People made with molasses, brown sugar and a hint of ginger. These are super fun to decorate and always a crowd pleaser on the Christmas cookie tray!

Bake-Your-Own Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Compliments of Leslie Anne McIlroy, via her daughter’s grandma, June Switzer
This dough stands up excellently to the repeated rolling and squishing of small (or large) hands! Delicious, buttery cookies that cannot be ruined!

Makes :30
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 6-7 min.

Ingredients:

1 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2-3/4 cups flour
Royal Decorating Icing (see recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cream butter and sugar; beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. Add baking powder and flour slowly. Dough will be stiff.
  3. Divide dough into four balls. Sprinkle a little flour on counter surface; roll 1/4 of dough to 1/8-inch thick and cut into desired shapes.
  4. Repeat with remaining three dough balls, adding scraps to the next batch.
  5. Bake 6 to 7 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.

Nutritional Information (Per cookie without frosting): Calories 130, Fat 6g, Sat. Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 20mg, Sodium 35mg, Total Carbohydrate 16g, Fiber 0g, Sugars 7g, Protein 1g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 4%

Nutritional values are based on data from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.

Royal Decorating Icing

Compliments of Chef Crystal Baldwin

Makes: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pasteurized egg whites
1 tsp. lemon juice
4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl and beat until foamy.
  2. Add powdered sugar and lemon juice and mix on low speed until just combined.
  3. Continue to beat on high until very thick and forms stiff peaks. (If a thinner icing is desired, add a little water.)
  4. Divide and color with drops of food coloring.

Nutritional Information (Per serving, about 30 servings per recipe): Calories 60, Fat 0g, Sat. Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 5mg, Total Carbohydrate 16g, Fiber 0g, Sugars 16g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%

Nutritional values are based on data from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, region-al and seasonal differences, or rounding.

Bake-Your-Own Old-Fashioned Gingerbread Cookies

Compliments of Chef Crystal Baldwin

Makes: 30 3-inch cookies
Prep Time: 50 min. (includes 30 min. cooling time)
Cook Time: 10 min.

Ingredients:

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. mace or nutmeg
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
Royal Decorating Icing (see recipe above)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and mace or nutmeg.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy. Add molasses and egg and beat until blended.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined
  4. Divide dough in half and place each half between 2 large sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Roll out the dough 1/8-inch thick and transfer to 2 baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Working with one piece of dough at a time, remove the top sheet of parchment and invert the dough onto a lightly floured work surface; remove the second sheet of parchment.
  6. Using a floured cookie cutter, stamp out cookies as close together as possible. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until puffed and firm
  7. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  8. Re-roll scraps to stamp out more cookies, refrigerating between batches.

Nutritional Information (Per cookie without frosting:): Calories 70, Fat 2.5g, Sat. Fat 1.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 45mg, Total Carbohydrate 10g, Fiber 0g, Sugars 4g, Protein 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%

Nutritional values are based on data from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.