Friday, December 27, 2013

The Best Frosted Sugar Cookies

I know we just finished the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, but I have one more treat to share for this Christmas season. They look familiar don't they?  You know what I'm talking about. You've seen them in the grocery store. Frosted Lofthouse Cookies.

This might be the first year ever that we didn't make Christmas cut-outs. I just wasn't into another mess and another cookie.  But then I saw these. And you know Santa would need a treat to get him through the night, right?  I had to try them and so glad we made Santa a batch!  They are soft and buttery and you can change up the frosting & sprinkles to match your occasion.

And now for picture overload of my helpers:

Our finished product:

Source: Seen on Beantown Baker, originally from Hostess with the Mostess

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400┬║.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl & set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until mixed well. Add the dry ingredients in slowly & mix well. Chill for at least an hour. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin & cut shapes with cookie cutters OR form dough balls and flatten into thick circles with your hands. (About 1/4 cup per ball)

Bake 8-10 mins or until just the edges of cookies start to turn a very, very light golden brown. Do not over-bake. For an extra-doughy consistency, remove the cookies before the edges start to brown.

For the Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • 1 egg yolk (optional)
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar (thicken to desired consistency)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Whisk butter, vanilla, milk and egg yolk together. Slowly mix in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until the frosting reaches your desired consistency. If it gets too thick, add more milk in very small amounts, about 1 tsp at a time.


Jen said...

Love the picture overload of the kids helping! Glad you enjoyed these cookies.

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