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It's that wonderful time of year again with the holidays right around the corner, so for the Great Atlassian Bake Off, I thought it would be apt to bake up some ACE holiday sugar cookies!
For the cookies, you'll need:
Here's a tip I learned from cookie experts I follow: roll your dough out between cling film. It's a huge time saver and you don't get cookie dough sticking to your rolling pin! So empty about a third of your dough out onto cling film on your counter, lay another bit of cling film over it, flatten it slightly with your palms, and roll out to about 3/8 inch (another tip: you can get rolling pins with guides nowadays, no more estimating required!). Now, seal up your rolled dough and refrigerate. The dough now is too soft to cut - putting it in the fridge will help to harden the dough and make it easier to cut. I like to chill my dough overnight.
When you're ready to bake, line your cookie tray with baking parchment or a silicone sheet and preheat your oven to 375F. Warm your chilled dough on the counter for just a few minutes (it'll make it easier to roll when it's not fresh out of the fridge). Cut out your dough with your desired cookie cutters and lay them on your cookie sheet. Allow a couple of inches in between each cookie in case they spread. Then, place your cookie sheet in the fridge until your oven is ready. This will help them firm up again and avoid too much spreading. Smaller shapes will cook fast, about 10 minutes, while larger cookies may take about 12-13 minutes. You'll know your oven best, so keep an eye on your cookies, and adjust as needed.
Your cookies should come out just slightly browned on the edges, and they'll be lovely and soft when cooled. Bonus: your kitchen will smell AMAZING!
For decorating, I like to use royal icing. Here's the recipe:
So there you have it!
I've used this recipe to make cookies as holiday gifts for friends and my son's teachers in past years. Interestingly, even before I joined Atlassian, I used Trello A LOT as a planning tool to help me organize what I was baking and for which friends.
These are so fun to make, especially with kids, and in the words of the great Prue Leith, it's definitely worth the calories!