I had an end-of-pregnancy energy burst on Tuesday night, and decided around 7 p.m. to start making decorated sugar cookies from scratch. I found a recipe online with good reviews and went to work. These came out great, complete with pink frosting. They delighted our friend Annie, who was visiting us for the evening from the Woodlands.
Yet again, however, my husband wouldn’t really touch these for some reason, so I pretty much have eaten half of the batch or more by myself. Unfortunately for my poor, expanding body, I am starting to also get into that end-of-pregnancy stage where I don’t care..
A simple sugar cookie recipe with a tender, flaky texture and a buttery taste. Makes about 24. Yum!
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
<>Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until just combined. Add flour and baking powder in intervals. Dough will seem as if doesn’t have enough moisture but continue to mix with mixer until combined (it will come together when chilled).
Divide the dough into four equal parts, shape into four disks, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate about an hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 375 F.
Lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat. Roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper, about 1/4 inch thick for crispier cookies and 1/3 inch thick for softer cookies. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges just start to turn a golden color. For softer cookies, do not allow the cookies to take on color. Remove from oven, let cool for one minute and then transfer to wire rack. Allow cookie sheet to cool thoroughly before placing uncooked dough on it. Decorate cookies when cool with icing recipe below. Delicious!
Can be stored in freezer undecorated for 2 months. Dough also freezes well.
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon melted butter
food coloring (optional)
In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, vanilla, and melted butter. Stir well. Then add milk 1 teaspoon at a time until the frosting is of desired consistency to frost cookies. If you make it too thin, you can add one tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time. Add several drops of desired food coloring and stir well.