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These cookies are our go-to. Christmas cookies, Valentine Cookies and maybe even Easter Cookies if I'm feeling adventurous. I've used this recipe since high school and it hasn't let me down since.
While some sugar cookies may suggest a time in the fridge, these do not. You can blend up the ingredients, roll them out, bake and frost all in one morning or afternoon. You could also freeze this dough up to three months!
While it's not a "must-do" I would recommend following the directions, including the sifting piece. For the frosting make sure your butter is super soft or you'll have clumps. You could melt it and allow it to cool a little before making the frosting too.
So, without further ado- here's the recipe!
Ingredients You'll Need
3 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In an electric mixer combine butter and sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes then add in the eggs and vanilla.
Gently add in the flour mixture until well combined.
At this point lightly flour a surface and roll out half the dough. Cut out using your preferred cutters and then place on a baking sheet, preferably with silpat liners.
Bake for 10-12 minutes and then allow to cool. While cooling make the frosting!
Ingredients for Frosting
4 cups confectioner sugar
4 tablespoons very soft butter, or melted and cooled
3-5 tablespoons milk (or more)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the above until it's spreadable but not too thin or thick. The butter of course makes this frosting very delicious! Color as you like with food coloring. Ours were decorated by little kids so, there you go! I love letting them create and having trays to capture all the sprinkles like these ones of course makes everything better!
Happy baking friends, and if you're reading this today- Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!