Hello! and welcome to our site. We are a husband and wife duo who likes to make food and experiment with new recipes. We decided we needed to take love for food and share it with our friends. We hope you enjoy our twist on some of our favorite recipes.
December is here. Snow is covering the ground in the cold northern tundra and my favorite holiday is around the corner...Christmas. And, what does that mean exactly? Christmas cut out sugar cookies! I love this time of year because I take a full day and bake cookies and decorate them. This year was a bit different in that the husband had several more vacation days than I did so I sent him home to his parents early. With the house empty, I prepped the kitchen for the first batch.
I love these sugar cookies because they use powdered sugar instead of granulated. It gives the cookie a smoother texture and a good crunch. Thanks to my sister on this recipe!
In preparation of this exciting day, I bought Wilton's gel food coloring...in 12 colors! I'm so excited to use all of these colors.
I followed the recipe below for the most part. A few things I changed up would be I mixed everything in my Kitchenaid mixer. It's quicker but also easier to overmix. So continue to scrape down the sides and mix just until together. Prior to putting in the fridge to cool, I separated the dough into 3 parts. That way, the dough doesn't become too warm while rolling it out at a time. When separating it, I try and flatten what I can out before putting it in the fridge. I feel that this helps the dough chill faster and it makes it a ton easier to roll out.
I cooled the cookies overnight prior to decorating. For my frosting, I used the recipe on the side of a Meringue Powder canister which by the way, I always find difficult to find. I find this Royal Icing works great and dries hard. This year, I ended up finding Meringue Powder at my local grocery store that has a very large bakery. Last year I found it at Meijer's, a Wal-mart like type store.
After mixing up the frosting, I separated in as many glass bowls as I was going to have colors. Since I bought the new Wilton's food coloring, I had 6 glass bowls for colors.
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 c butter, softened
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
In large mixing bowl, cream sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Blend in dry ingredients. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or at least several hours.
Heat oven to 375°F. On a floured/powered sugar cloth covered surface, roll out 1/4 of dough at a time to 1/4" thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 7-8 min or until edges are lightly browned.