|cookies, frosting, sprinkles ... oh, my!|
I think Land O' Lakes published this wonderful sugar cookie recipe on boxes of their unsalted butter more than ten years ago and my adaptation is still our go-to for Christmas (and St. Valentine's, and St. Patrick's and Easter ... ). I often keep dough in the freezer to bake in small batches throughout the season. They are yummy plain, special with sprinkles and a great project for decorating during the holidays. Here is my take and some pictures of our recent works.
Classic Sugar Cookies
adapted from Land O'Lakes
|my microplane makes fine zest;|
blends nicely into the dough
2 sticks of butter (1 cup), softened to room temperature
1 c sugar
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 t vanilla
2 1/2 c flour
1 t baking powder
Make the dough:
1. Combine the butter and sugar. I use our standing mixer and beat till light and fluffy, approximately 2 minutes. Then add the egg and incorporate. I scrape down the sides and add the orange juice, zest and vanilla.
2. In a large bowl combine the flour and baking powder. I whisk and then slowly add it into the wet ingredients.
3. Dump the dough onto a clean counter or large cutting board covered with plastic wrap. I then divide into thirds or fourths, wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight. I put mine in the freezer and use as needed. I have used dough stored up to two months with success.
1. Thaw dough overnight in the refrigerator if necessary. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Roll out on a floured surface. To keep mess to a minimum, you can roll out the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper. We like it to be just under 1/4" thick for cutting.
3. We have used a variety of sized cutters - mostly 3" but sometimes as small as 2". I just check the cookies often - starting at 4-6 minutes depending on your oven.
4. Remove when the top is no longer shiny (damp dough has a slight sheen to it) or when the edges just start to brown (ever so slightly).
5. Leave on drying rack until completely cool. Frost to your heart's content!
|love our one eyed snowman!|
This easy frosting dries quickly.
1. Combine 1 lb confectioner's sugar, 1 T lemon juice, 1/4-1/3 c water in a bowl. A plastic funnel made quick work of putting plain white in a tube then some custom colors into smaller tubes. Adjust the water as needed for fluidity.