Finally the time came for me to do it with my own kiddos. But as luck would have it every single recipe I tried was a bust. Disgusting. Horrible. Inedible. They all turned out tasteless, too crispy, burnt, and uneven. It almost made me want to give up on the whole thing. Almost. After testing almost a dozen recipes over a few years I finally found one I liked and could make well. Now I could finally bring cookies instead of cupcakes to this years cookie exchange. So without further adieu, my favorite sugar cookie recipe is here! (I got it here )
3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar (I use sugar that I've stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
Preheat oven to 350.
Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.
The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling. Keep the dough a quarter
Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut out shape on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
These Rosette cookies are really easy to make. These particular ones I made for a friends baby shower, it was a girl cowboy theme. I used buttercream frosting. Normally I just eyeball it but here's a copy for anyone who wants to know where I originally got it.
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream
In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.
For the coloring, I used wilton gel, a pink that I had on hand but it was a little too bright so I added a bit of brown to give it more of a rustic look. Then I lightened part of the darker frosting up to have the two different shades of pink and then did a brown. It was the perfect color combo for the little cowgirl to be.
The flowers might look complicated but if you have the right tools it's a breeze. I used a large star tip but you can use whatever one you have on hand. Then start in the center and swirl out until you hit the outside edge. I am Baker has a great tutorial and is what I used to learn when I did the flower cake for my sister.