Sugar Cookies

For some reason I got it in my brain that it was a good idea to invite all the girls in Liv’s kindergarten class over for a cookie decorating party.  After we had sent invited to all 10 and all 10 had accepted, I realized that I didn’t really have a sugar cookie recipe that I loved.  However, in the cobwebs of my brain I for some reason remember my friend Heather Morris making really good sugar cookies, so I asked for her recipe.  Liv and I had fun making the dough the night before and then, all the kids had a blast cutting them into various shapes and decorating them.  I’ve been brave enough to try a few of the cookies we have left and must admit that they do taste pretty good (I just try not to think about how many hands played with the dough while they were being made–and I have to brush off about half of the sprinkle mound on top).

HEATHER’S SUGAR COOKIES

Ingredients for Dough:

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Ingredients for the Frosting:

  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • powdered sugar
  • evaporated milk
  • vanilla or coconut flavoring

Directions for Cookies:

  1. Cream butter and sugar together
  2. Add eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix 3 C of flour and other dry ingredients together and add to mixer in stages.  Then, add as much of 1 more cup of flour as it takes so dough isn’t too sticky.
  4. Roll out and cut as desired.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

Directions for Frosting:

  1. Heather says the frosting is always guess work.  She starts with 6 Tbsp of butter.
  2. Then adds as much powdered sugar as is needed to get the right consistency.
  3. Then adds some evaporated milk and coconut flavoring.  (I used vanilla because I didn’t have coconut on hand, but I want some now I think that’s part of what makes hers so good).
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