Sunday, December 6, 2009

12 Days of Cookies

December 06
Frosted Sugar Cookies

These cookies are soft and scented with lots of vanilla. The frosting is buttery and delicious! All my family and friends that tried these really liked them. I would suggest rolling the dough thick if you like soft, pillowy cookies like me.

Soft Rolled Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk

In large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add alternately to butter mixture with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Cover dough and chill in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. (If chilled overnight, let dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling out.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough using floured rolling pin to about 1/4" thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes until very light golden brown around edges. Let cool on cookie sheets for about a minute, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream Frosting
This makes a ton of frosting, so you may want to half it. Also, I know shortening doesn't sound too appetizing, but it really helps with the spreading consistency.
1 cup butter
1 cup shortening
5 to 6 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream


In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and butter until fluffy, 5 to 6 minutes. Add sugar, and continue creaming until well blended.

Add salt, vanilla, and 4 ounces whipping cream. Blend on low speed until moistened. Add additional 2 ounces whipping cream if necessary. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.

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