Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Perfect Sugar Cookies

Sometimes you just need a little sunshine. It's spring now, so depending on your location, that might mean lots of cloudy rainy days. Hopefully these will brighten your day even if it's a rainy one.
My dad has called me Sunshine since the day I was born, I think. Ever since I can remember anyway. So he'll be especially excited to see these cookies!
I actually use this recipe all year. It is so simple with only a few ingredients and a few simple steps. This is my classic sugar cookie recipe that I use for decorated Christmas shapes, Valentine hearts, Easter eggs, and sunshines. Try it with any shape you like!

Looking for some quality fun time with your kids? Cutting out these cookies, baking them, decorating them, and (of course) eating them is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening! Decorating Christmas cookies at my Grandma's house with my cousins was one of my favorite traditions (my Grandpap playing DJ with all of our favorite Christmas songs). Years later we had a cookie decorating party at our house for Emily's 6th birthday. It was so much fun! No matter what - these cookies are going to result in smiles :)

Perfect Sugar Cookies
4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups butter (softened)
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
3 eggs

Combine flour and salt in a small bowl.

Beat the butter using an electric mixer. Add sugar and beat. Add vanilla and beat. Add eggs one at a time. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until combined.

Form the dough into two discs and refrigerate for about 2 hours.

Roll dough to about 1/8 in thick, cut out shapes, place on ungreased cookie sheets, and bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes. Do not overbake these. If they are just barely browned on the bottom that's perfect. This way they'll stay soft and chewy for days.

Decorate with your favorite frosting. I use a simple powdered sugar frosting.

Combine about 2 cups powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon softened butter.  Mix until smooth. Add more water if the frosting is too thick or more powdered sugar if it is too thin. Add food coloring if desired (I only use Wilton or Americolor gel/paste food coloring).


1 comment:

  1. You are my sunshine and you have been since the day of your birth. Love. DAD