Glitter Cookies

My family knows Christmas is in the air when glitter cookies come out of the oven.  I've been enjoying these tasty cookies from a very young age, and continue to bake them each year for my family.  It's one of those old school recipes that you just can't beat, and every bite is filled with nostalgic memories. If you want to keep it simple and add a new holiday favorite to your recipe box this recipe is for you. Be sure to share your tasty creations with me on Instagram @y_delicacies.  I'd love to see your version! Happy baking!

Glitter Cookies

Servings: 3 dozen cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 large egg

1/2 cup vegetable oil

colored sugar crystals

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda.  Set aside

2. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer on medium high speed, blend the butter, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and almond extract until light and creamy.  Scrape down the sides of bowl.

3. With the mixer on low speed add egg, and mix until well blended. Add the oil in a steady stream until blended.   Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  

4. With the mixer on low speed slowly add the dry ingredients just until combined. 

5. Cover and chill dough for 4 hours, but preferably overnight. 

6.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.

7. Fill a small bowl with colored sugar crystals.

8 Use a small spring-release scoop or a Tablespoon to scoop dough and shape into 1-inch size balls. 

9. Dip each ball into the colored sugar crystals, and gently press down.  Place on prepared baking sheets 2-inches apart with sugar crystals side up.  Bake until the bottom is light golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Let cool slightly on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Do Ahead: Glitter Cookie dough can be prepared and stored in the freezer in resealable freezer bags for up to 1 month.  Thaw in refrigerator overnight, scoop into cookies and bake.  

Individual cookies can be shaped, dipped in sugar crystals and frozen on a baking sheet.  Transfer frozen cookie dough balls into resealable freezer bags and store up to 1 month in freezer.  Place frozen cookies on baking sheet, and let thaw at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.

Baked cookies can also be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for 1 month.  Simply thaw and serve.