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Brown Sugar Ornament Cookies

Welcome to Christmas Cookies Week! I've been looking forward to this event for a while, because cookies are one thing I love to make and my family definitely loves to eat  :)  When I saw the sponsor list, I started the search for a cut out cookie recipe.
This post is sponsored on behalf of #ChristmasCookiesWeek. The generous sponsors, YumGoggle, Sprinkle Pop, Silpat and Adams Extracts have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.
I looked through cookbooks, Pinterest, and nothing really struck me.  I wanted something easy to make, but not the standard sugar cookie.  I finally found what I was looking for in my Gram's recipe box.

Now I'm going to admit, I don't ever remember her making these cookies.  I'm not even sure where she got the recipe, most likely from a friend.   It didn't specify light or dark brown sugar, so I went with light because it's what I had on hand.

The dough comes together fast.  I actually made it the day before I wanted to make the cookies and stored the disk in the fridge.  Just let it come up to room temperature before you try and roll it out.

Yum Google sent me two cookies cutters, and one was a beautiful ornament shape.  I used a straw to punch out some holes before baking.  I lined the baking sheet with Silpat, and let me tell you, I'm hooked.  I loved how evenly the cookies baked, easy clean up, and they're reusuable!

I used my go-to Powdered Sugar Glaze, and tinted it to the colors I wanted using Adams Extract Food Colors.  It's so cool that they are free from artificial dyes!  Piping really isn't my strong suit, but I got some awesome designs with just a few lines and a skewer.

I might have gone a little crazy with the sprinkles, but the Christmas Traditions Mix from Sprinkle Pop just made it so much fun. You'll see them a lot throughout this week on my various recipes because they were just too pretty, I wanted to use them on everything!

Thank you so much to Ellen from Family Around the Table and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookiesWeek!  Be sure to go and check out all of the other amazing recipes from the #FestiveFoodies today and throughout the week by clicking on the links below.

Thanks so much to our sponsors, Adams Extract, Silpat, Sprinkle Pop and Yum Goggle!  They've provided some pretty great prize packages.  You can enter for your chance to win one of them by using the entry form below. 

Brown Sugar Ornament Cookies

Brown Sugar Ornament Cookies
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1c light brown sugar, packed
  • 1t vanilla extract (I used Adams Extract Pure Vanilla)
  • 2 1/4c flour
  • 3/4t salt
Powdered Sugar Glaze
  • 2 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2T water
  • 1T butter, softened
  • 1T light corn syrup
  • 1t vanilla extract (I used Adams Extract Pure Vanilla)
  • Adams Extract Food coloring 4 pack
  • Sprinkle Pop Christmas Traditions Mix


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place Silpats onto baking sheets.
  2. Cream together butter, brown sugar and vanilla on medium speed until light and smooth, about 3 minutes. Combine flour and salt in a bowl, then add slowly to the creamed mixture. Continue to beat until a smooth dough forms. Shape into a disk.
  3. Divide the disk into 4 parts. Roll out, one portion at a time, on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4" thick. Brush off any excess flour. Cut out desired shapes and transfer onto the lined sheets, placing them about 1" apart.
  4. Repeat with remaining dough. Scraps can be lightly kneaded, rested for about 5 minutes, and then rolled out again.
  5. Bake sheets for 13 to 15 minutes. Cool on sheets on racks for 3 to 5 minutes, then move to racks to cool completely.
To decorate cookies:
  1. Combine powdered sugar, water, butter, corn syrup and vanilla in small mixer
  2. bowl; mix until powdered sugar is moistened.
  3. Beat at medium speed until smooth, adding additional water if necessary to reach desired spreading consistency. Tint with food color, if desired. Load into piping bags or zip top bags with the corner clipped off.
  4. Glaze cooled cookies, decorate with sprinkles. Let stand for about 6 hours or overnight until hardened.


Source: Gram's recipe box

Yield is completely dependent on the size cookie cutters you are using.

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Prize Package #1:

From Adams Extract comes a selection of baking delights including their prize-winning pound cake mix, pure vanilla extract, pure peppermint extract, double strength pure vanilla extract, pound cake flavor extract and vanilla cinnamon sugar.   Adams traces its beginnings back to Battle Creek, Michigan, when John A. Adams began making and selling his Green Plant Sarsaparilla extract, Adamur, in 1888. In 1905, he moved his family to Beeville, TX. At the time, most vanilla was sold to pharmacies and was often labeled “Do not bake or freeze.” John A. Adams, whose imagination was stirred by his wife’s yearning for a flavoring that wouldn’t bake or freeze out, announced that he could produce a better vanilla than the one his wife was currently using. Working with just $6.71 worth of materials on top of an old icebox, John A. Adams discovered the formula he wanted.  

Prize Package #2:

YumGoggle is giving away a variety of holiday and Christmas cookie cutters. The winner of this prize package will receive a sleigh, large ornament and two cookie cutter sets. The first is a mug/ sweater set called Ugly Sweater Specialty Cookie Cutter Set and the second is a Santa/ reindeer set called North Pole Specialty Cookie Cutter Set. Each set includes 2 cookie cutters, 2 templates, 2 instruction cars and 4 bonus templates.   The YumGoggle gallery features food photography from contributors around the world. If you’re looking for a recipe, chances are you’ll find it on YumGoggle. The photos not only whet your appetite but you can easily find the recipes by clicking the photo.  

Prize Package #3:

The winner of this Sprinkle Pop prize package will get their choice of 3 sprinkle varieties, at $35.00 value. Winner will be contacted by or need to contact Sprinkle Pop for fulfillment.   Sprinkle Pop offers trendy sprinkle mixes that you won’t find anywhere else. Fun fact: Over 50% of their sprinkle mixes are dyed in house, making each experience one of a kind. Sprinkle Pop also creates one of a kind confetti shapes that are unique to their mixes. Make every occasion a festive one with these fun sprinkle creations.  

Prize Package #4:

One winner will receive an 11 5/8 inch x 16 1/2 inch Silpat® baking mat which is perfect for all of your cookie baking throughout the year. Reduces the need for parchment and is reusable.   The original silicone baking mat made from a dedicated silicone with reinforced fiberglass mesh. Nothing sticks to Silpat® which means you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your baking creations. Silpat® replaces the need for butter, grease, oils, and sprays.
  • Multi-purpose non-stick silicone baking and pastry mat.
  • No cooking sprays, oils or parchment paper needed.
  • Not to be used as a cutting surface.
  • Can be used in the oven, microwave and freezer.
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Disclaimer: Thank you #ChristmasCookiesWeek sponsors: Adams Extract, Sprinkle Pop, YumGoggle and Silpat for providing the prizes free of charge. The #ChristmasCookiesWeek giveaway is open to U.S. residents, age 18 & up. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Four (4) winners will be selected at random from entries received. The prize packages will be fulfilled by and sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. #ChristmasCookiesWeek bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household are not eligible to enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #ChristmasCookiesWeek posts or entry.


Susan Bickta said…
My mother's recipe for white cut out cookies ..... not your usual cut out as they are quite thin and just decorated with sanding sugar ..... but, that's what I grew up with...and, when they bake ..... it smells like Christmas!!!
They turned out amazing! Excellent job.
Sue Lau said…
I think you did a great job with the decorating. It's amazing what you can do with a skewer!
Cindy Kerschner said…
I love your ornament designs. They're beautiful!

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