The final product

Hi there, this is Katy one of Dustin’s blog contributors.  This is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love all of the family traditions that go along with the holidays, but there is one tradition that I seriously thought about cancelling this year.  It’s our annual Christmas cookie baking weekend.  My mom, my sister, and our 5 young children all get together for a full weekend of baking.  This typically involves tons of butter, sugar, flour, chocolate…. well, you get the idea.  As you may have guessed from my previous blog “To Bake or Not to Bake”, I am a sucker for cookies.  So, instead of cancelling, I challenged myself to find a decent sugar cookie recipe that was better for us then the one we’ve used for years. 

Well, I ended up combining a couple recipes to come up with this one, but my 3 year old and I did a test run and they turned out great.  Obviously, these are a “treat” and something I will only make on special occasions!   🙂

Classic Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup neufchatel cheese
1 cup sugar (or 3/4 cup Stevia)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup skim milk

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg, set aside.

Place butter, coconut oil, and cheese in a large bowl; cream using an electric mixer.  Add sugar, vanilla and egg.

Slowly alternate adding flour mixture and milk

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight

Roll out on mat 1/4 inch think and cut with cookie cutters.  Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

So, there you have it.  You can decorate the cookies with colored sugar before baking (much better then frosting!)  My kids can’t tell the difference, but the real challenge will be if the adults can’t either.  I’ll keep you posted!

Do you have any “not too bad” christmas cookie recipes?  
Please share!