oh the weather outside is frightful
but the fire is so delightful…
Actually, its a beautiful 82 here in sunny Fort Lauderdale and we don’t even have a fireplace… but you get the drift. It’s that time of year again – christmas songs are blasting through store speakers and the smell of pine wafts through the house. I’m not a big dessert fan, but nothing says holidays like a delicious cookie – and that’s exactly what this simple yet so delicious recipe is all about!
Perfect Sugar Cookies!
makes 24 (roughly)
for the cookies
3/4 c. softened butter, salted
1 c. granulated sugar
2 medium eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2.5 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
for the icing
1 c. powdered sugar (aka confectioner’s sugar)
2 tsp. lowfat milk
2 tsp. light corn syrup
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract or almond extract
assorted food coloring
Cream together the butter and sugar until it’s smooth.
Not gonna lie, I was tempted to stop here and just eat this! I know, I’m disgusting. Anyway, after you cream the butter and sugar together, beat in the eggs and the vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder) and then stir them into the wet ingredients. Once it’s all mixed together, wrap it up in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge at least 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat your oven to 400 F. Take the cookies out of the fridge and working in small batches (keeping the rest in the fridge), flour your board, your rolling pin and the surface of the dough. Roll it out with a rolling pin (if you don’t have one, you can use an empty bottle of wine – if you read this blog, I assume you have more than one lying around… I mean, come on) until it’s 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. They won’t spread out much, so the thickness of the dough is pretty much your cookie. Cut out with cookie cutters, an upside down glass, etc. Make shapes if you want – have fun with it! Place on a baking sheet that you’ve greased with butter or shortening and bake for 8 minutes. They’re ready when the edges are slightly browned.
To make the icing, just mix all the ingredients together and add a drop or two of food coloring. You can separate it out into smaller bowls to get some more colors. Use a rubber spatula or a spoon to apply the icing to the (cooled!!!) cookies. You can add sprinkles now if you want to. Let dry and eat! Yumm…
Sorry kids, but this post is one of the very few where I won’t suggest a wine. Maybe some eggnog and rum. Or some Bailey’s. Go to town, its the holidays 🙂