Yule is my favorite time of year. Since it is my favorite time of the year it is only appropriate that I create a sticker set with Smudge celebrating his first Yule. One of my favorite recipes for Yule is Moon Cookies. This set is now available in my Etsy Shop.

I have included the recipe below that you could try if you want to. I like topping mine with icing instead of powdered sugar.


Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 cup grated almonds (blanched)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing

2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons water

Directions:

Combine the butter and sugar in a mixer bowl and cream together until fluffy and light. 

Add grated lemon peel, salt, flour, almonds, and vanilla. Mix well. 

Place dough in a covered container and place in the refrigerator for several hours (or overnight) until chilled. 

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

Roll dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with crescent cookie cutter. Reroll scraps and cut again (you may need to re-chill the dough to make it workable). 

Place the cutouts 1/2-inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute then remove to a cooking rack. 

To ice the cookies, combine the confectioners sugar, vanilla, and water until smooth. Add additional water if needed. Spread the icing over the tops of the warm cookies. 

Alternately, sprinkle warm cookies with powdered sugar instead of icing them.