Sunday, December 4, 2011

{HOLIDAY} Sugar Cookie Party

For probably 30+ years my Aunt Becki has thrown a sugar cookie party. It's been a highlight of the Christmas season and something all the cousins look forward too. I loved sitting next to an Uncle or cousin that I hadn't talked to in a while and catching up while we decorate..and eat.

Last Christmas only part of our family was together so we threw our own sugar cookie party. And we had cookies for days.





Do you have a favorite sugar cookie recipe?

1 comment:

  1. Cutest cookies. I love watching kids frost sugar cookies. Doesn't it make your tummy hurt to see them take a bite of cookie with TONS of sprinkles on it?????

    This one below, from Keeping Up Cookbook is my Fave,
    Just because it's so dang EASY!

    the one true sugar cookie
    from "keeping up cookbook"

    1 cup butter, softened
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 cup cream, sour cream or buttermilk
    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    3 cups flour (add 2 tablespoons extra flour in humid/rainy weather)

    cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add egg, vanilla, almond extract, salt and baking powder, mixing until well combined. with mixer on low, add half the cream and then the cornstarch, followed by half the flour. add remaining cream and flour, mixing just until incorporated. divide dough into two flattened balls, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

    roll out chilled dough to desired thickness on a generously floured surface. loosen dough from counter by sliding a spatula under dough before cutting shapes (our favorite trick for easy release). cut into desired shapes, dust off excess flour and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until set but not browned. cool for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack. decorate cooled cookies with your favorite frosting and spinkles.

    grace's favorite frosting
    from "keeping up cookbook"

    1/3 cup butter, softened but not melted
    4 cups powdered sugar
    1/4 cup milk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    pinch of salt
    food coloring, as desired

    cream butter slowly with powdered sugar. add milk and continue to heat. add vanilla, almond extract and salt. if needed, add more milk to make frosting a spreadable consistency. color with food coloring if desired. frost cookies and decorate as desired.