(Isn't this snowman just the cutest little creature?)
Sugar cookies have got to be one of the most widely known and loved cookies ever, and possibly the oldest. They are the perfect holiday cookie and are incredibly fun to decorate with your friends or family, in fact that's my favorite part.
For awhile there, though, I didn't even like sugar cookies. I know what you're thinking, how could I not like sugar cookies!? Something must be wrong with me. Well the good news is that I met my boyfriend, and his Mother makes the most killer sugar cookies on the planet, thus I fell in love. With both the cookies the boyfriend, and the mother!!
Day 5 of 10 Days of Cookies, SUGAR COOKIES!
Sugar Cookie Recipe:
2 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (two sticks) plus 3 tbs butter, at cool room temp.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
Frosting (see recipe below)
Note: You can also make this dough a day in advance and keep in the frige until ready to use
- In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Beat in the egg and egg yolk.
- Combine the butter and flour mixtures together until combined.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and fold it together into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- After 30 minutes remove the dough from the fridge and lightly flour your work surface.
- Using a rolling pin, gently roll out the dough 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and pull away the excess dough. Repeat rolling and cutting until the dough is gone.
- Place cut dough on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until very pale brown.
To make the frosting you'll need:
1 pint heavy cream (or milk, but I prefer the cream it gives it a richer flavor and thicker consistency without using a ton of sugar)
2-4 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
a plethora of icing colors
Whisk all ingredients together until well combined and thick, but spreadable add more sugar as needed for consistency.
Separate the frosting into bowls and, color, color, color.
Then, invite over all your friends, family and neighbors over and have a cookie decorating extravaganza! That's what I did!