Sunday, April 24, 2011

Baking: Frosted Easter Sugar Cookies

Last year I found the PERFECT sugar cookie recipe.
I found it on Happy Homemaker Cindy's Blog.  Click HERE for her blog about the cookies.

I've made them dozens of times and they always turn out perfectly. They are super soft sugar cookies, perfect for cutting out in shapes with cookie cutters or simply frosting them.

This year I made these CUTE bunny cookies for KidMo's preschool class.

Here is the recipe from Happy Homemaker Cindy's site along with her directions.

Cream Cheese Cut-out Cookies
  • 1 Cup Butter Softened
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese Softened
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. Almond Extract
  • 3 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Tub Vanilla or Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Food Coloring (If you would like to make the Frosting different colors.)
  • Sprinkles
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until well combined. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract and beat well. In a small bowl combine flour and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to ream cheese mixture. Beat until well mixed. Divide dough in half. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap and refrigerate until easy to handle – about 1 1/2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out  1/4 ” think (I make mine pretty thick) on a lightly floured surface. Using cookie cutters, cut out and place 2″ apart on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 13 minutes depending on how thick you made the cookies or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire rack. Allow to cool completely. Ice the cookies with frosting and decorate with sprinkles.

MoMomma Tips:
-I purchased a cute bunny cookie cutter from Ross and it was a breeze to make these cookies. 
-Roll out your dough in between two pieces of parchment paper. Then, peel the top piece off and use your cookie cutter to make the desired shapes.  Peel away the excess dough and put the parchment paper on the cookie sheet.
-For 'dressing up' these cookies I used the frosting recipe below. I also used a smarties candy for the eye and a marshmallow for the tail

This is the frosting recipe I used for the bunny frosting:
Butter Frosting

4 Tablespoons butter
2 1/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
for chocolate frosting add 3 Tablespoons cocoa

Put butter in bowl and beat with electric mixer until fluffy. Then add about half the powdered sugar. Then beat in 1 Tablespoon milk and the vanilla. Slowly add in the rest of the powdered sugar. Add more milk if needed. Add food coloring if desired. 


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