I have tried lots of sugar cookie recipes, and I have to say the most recent one I tried is worth sharing. I made cookies for my daughter’s valentine party at school. I wanted to make some really cute ones with royal icing but realized meringue powder has a peanut allergy warning label so that was out. So I did some research on using buttercream icing. It’s my fave. I wanted to be able to pack the cookies into a tiny box and stacking them would have been ideal. Only problem is you can’t stack cookies decorated with buttercream. However, I slightly melted the buttercream and it did in fact dry a little harder than it might have. Here’s what I did:
Cookies (makes a small batch of dough): I made 36 small cookies with one batch.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, room temp
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Whisk the baking powder and flour together in a bowl.
- In your mixer, cream the butter until its light and fluffy…takes a few minutes.
- Add sugar to the whipped butter and mix again.
- Add in egg and vanilla then mix.
- Slowly add in the flour mixture one cup at a time.
- Gather up the dough into a ball and wrap in saran wrap.
- Place the dough into the fridge for about 20 minutes.
- Roll dough onto a lightly floured silpat or piece of parchment. I place a piece of wax paper over the dough so it doesn’t stick to my rolling pin. Roll the dough to 3/8″ for thick soft cookies and cut as desired.
- Place cookie sheet of cut out cookies in fridge while oven preheats to 350.
- Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes.
- Decorate as desired.
- 1 stick of salted butter
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream, half and half, or milk
- Cream butter in your mixer until light and fluffy just as you did for the cookies.
- Slowly add in powdered sugar, vanilla, and whipping cream.
- Add food coloring if desired.
- Put icing into a microwave safe bowl and slightly melt it for 30 seconds.
- Pour the icing into an icinig bag or bottle. I use a cheap condiment bottle from walmart.
- I just squeezed the icing onto the cookies and let them dry.