With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Frosted Sugar Cookies

Friday, December 21, 2012

Frosted Sugar Cookies

my grandson's favorite

  Jared would't care if I just spread the frosting on with a knife but the cookies are extra special when the frosting is piped on.  He likes the taste of the cookie and the frosting. Almond extract flavors both.
Deluxe Sugar Cookies

from Betty Crockers Best of Baking page 368 copyright 1997
About 5 dozen 2-inch cookies


1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
Decorator Frosting

Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl.(I used my mixer)  In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar and stir into butter mixture.

Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease cookie sheets lightly.  Divide dough in half.  Roll each half 1/4-inch thick on lightly floured surface.  Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.  Place on cookie sheet.

Bake 7-8 minutes or until edges are light brown.  Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.  Frost as desired.
I have to admit, when getting toward the end of a large batch, the cookies get less fancy. 
Sugar Cookie Icing

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
assorted food coloring

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.

Divide into separate bowls, and add food coloring to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush. (I used a decorator bad with a writing tip and also squeeze bottles)

I think Jared must had been thinking about cookies all day in school.
Here is the text message I received the moment he got in from school.
A few years ago, I splurged on a set of letter cookie cutters. Here are a couple of ways I have used them.


Cheryl said...

Your cookies are beautiful...a labor of love, I'm sure!

NanaDiana said...

Lorraine- That is the same sugar cookie recipe I use with the conf. sugar and almond flavoring but your icing is completely different. I am going to copy this over to try. I have never seen one with corn syrup in it. xo Diana

Pondside said...

Sugar cookies are an all-time favourite here and always with almond flavouring too. Lucky you, to have young ones anxious for your baking!

Desiree said...

Those are beautiful!! Almost too pretty to eat.

Barbara F. said...

Beautifully decorated cookies, bet they taste even better. Love the letters. xo

podso said...

Beautiful cookies and my mouth is watering. This is the first year I have not made sugar cookies ... well, there is still time. I LOVE the letter cookies. how fun!

Susan said...

Oh perfect, LDH! Perfect. They are beautiful. I LOVE them! Great job! Susan

Robyn said...

These came out adorable and what a great gift to give too!
Merry Christmas :)

EMMA said...

Anything and everything you turn your hand to comes out so beautifully!
Joyeux Noel.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your cookies are so cute, a special treat for sure! Merry Christmas:@)

Ann said...

Your cookies are so pretty. I've never made cut out cookies. I've always been too lazy. Isn't that bad....lol

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Beautiful cookies, Lorraine! I've never had much patience for cookie decorating but I always admire those who can.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Winnie said...

Lorraine - these are such cute and beautiful cookies!!

Although we don't celebrate it, I'd like to wish you and all your family a wonderful Christmas! :)

Debbie Huffaker said...

Love, love, love the HOPE!!! Wish you could mail that to me, but they're too pretty to eat!!!


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