Monday, 19 March 2012

The BEST Sugar Cookies Ever!

A few weeks ago I babysat for a family from church for the weekend. The daughter in the family and I decided that we should make some sugar cookies to decorate for something fun to do. I used my googling skills and came across this simple recipe from allrecipes.com, and trust me, it is a keeper!




Ingredients
1 ½ cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Plus icing sugar, milk, and butter for the icing

Directions
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface ¼ to ½ inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. Top with icing.

Note: I couldn't find any cookie cutters, so we just used a glass cup flipped upside-down so they were all circles


Don't forget the icing!

I don't have specific measurements for the icing, but I mixed a large amount of icing sugar with a small amount of milk, and about a tablespoon of butter to thicken it. You hardly need any milk, so don't add too much! I just kept adding icing sugar until it was the consistency that I wanted. I added food colouring to some of the icing and put it in a ziploc baggie with the corner snipped so that we could put designs on the cookies. The ones in the pictures are just white icing with sprinkles.

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