Saturday, February 14, 2009

Sugar Cookies and Buttercream Frosting

Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!
The final "Sweets for your Sweet" recipe is your basic sugar cookie.  I received this recipe from a friend who found it in her Betty Crocker cookbook.  I made these for a Valentine's Day party and they were a big hit.  Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time staying out of the leftovers!  At least it's a beautiful day for a walk.  I can balance out those extra cookies!  I hope you enjoy these as much as we have and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Sugar Cookies

Makes about 5 dozen 2-inch cookies

1 1/2 cups powered sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Mix powered sugar, margarine, vanilla, and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Heat oven to 375. Grease cookie sheet lightly with shortening.

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 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.
  1. You can sprinkle the cookies with granulated sugar before baking and forgo the frosting.  They will still be wonderful and a bit on the healthier side.
  2. These are great without sugar or frosting.
  3. I was short on time when I made these, so I rolled the dough into a log, put it in the freezer for 40 minutes then moved it to the refrigerator for 20 minutes.  When it came time to bake the cookies, I just sliced the log every 1/4" for a basic round cookie.
Buttercream Frosting (from the powdered sugar bag)
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
Cream butter.  Add remaining ingredients and continue creaming until mixture is well blended and light and fluffy.  Will frost two 9" layers or one 13x9" cake.
This frosting literally takes minutes to make (faster than running to the store) and is better than what you would buy in a tub in the dessert aisle.

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