Festive Week: Holiday Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

You all know I couldn't just post outfits without some mention of holiday food! What can I say - I love to eat, especially when it's time for dessert. Originally, I was inspired by this post, and I have been craving sugar cookies with buttercream frosting, so I made some for myself and some co-workers last Thursday. Now, they didn't come out to be very pretty, but if you like soft, sweet cookies - you'll love these!

Holiday Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

COOKIES from Foodnetwork.com
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired.

FROSTING from Allrecipes.com
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered until ready to decorate.
*Tip - If you're using natural sugar, it probably has a lot of solids. I would suggest sifting it to get rid of the hard parts.

Sugar cookies take time to cook, so I prepared the dough before my basketball game, that way I didn't even notice that 2 hours passed by! I purchased my cookie-cutters from Whole Foods for $10.

1 comment:

  1. I thuoght it was the best idea in the world when you used these cookies as parting gifts at your baby shower. I had in mind to share them with my family...until I ate one! I am going to this recipe (which is easier than ones that I have found online) THANKS!