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Stirring Up Holiday Cheer At Tully Hill

December 7, 2018 - Blog

Stirring up some holiday cheer at Tully Hill! 12/2/18 Patients worked collaboratively to make and decorate holiday cookies! Patients spent the afternoon making the dough from scratch, cutting out festive shapes, and then decorating the cookies with homemade icing. Directed by Tully Hill’s Jennifer Comfort, baking genius and culinary extraordinaire, it was a joyful afternoon. Communal activities, such as baking, help patients cope with being separated from their loved ones during the holidays while building trust and comradery in a supportive environment.


Jen’s Favorite Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie recipe is my go-to recipe for decorated cookies for any occasion. I prefer to roll them just over 1/4″ thickness and bake until edges are just golden brown. They have a nice bite and are still deliciously soft inside. With very little spreading, they are perfect for cutting into your favorite shapes.

At a Glance

Prep: 25 min

Bake: 8 – 11 min

Total: 25 – 45 Min

Yield: 2 -3 dozen 2″ cookies




1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla (or 1 tsp vanilla plus 1 tsp almond)

1 pinch of salt

1 tsp baking powder

3 cups Gold Medal four, sifted extra flour for dusting surface

Parchment paper for pans



  1. Preheat your oven to 400°
  2. Soften your butter, not melted
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and set aside
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the butter on low/med
  5. Add in the sugar. Scrape sides down
  6. Add in the vanilla and egg. Scrape sides down again
  7. Slowly add in the flour, salt, and baking powder, scrape sides as needed. Do not over mix the dough.
  8. The dough does not have to be chilled but can be.
  9. Lightly flour your work surface
  10. Roll out the cookie dough to at least 1/4″ thickness
  11. Cut out your shapes
  12. Lay on parchment lined pans and bake for approximately 8-11 minutes until edges are just barely golden brown.
  13. Remove from pan and cool on rack
  14. Can be frozen or sorted in an airtight container if not decorating right away.
  15. Decorate!



Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


1/2 lb butter, room temp

1/2 lb shortening, room temp

2 TBSP vanilla

2 lbs powdered sugar, sifting may be needed

Milk or water

Food coloring and sprinkles as desired



  1. Cream the butter, scrape sides
  2. Add in and cream shortening, scrape sides
  3. Add vanilla
  4. Slowly add in powdered sugar, sifted if needed
  5. Scrape sides now and then
  6. You can add in water or milk in tiny bits at a time to desired consistency
  7. Separate and color your frosting however you like
  8. Frost your cookies with piping bag or spatula
  9. Serve or store in an airtight container


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