29.1.13

perfect sugar cookies

If you are on the hunt for the perfect sugar cookie recipe to mix together, cut into hearts and frost for Valentine's Day, your search has just ended. I've tried dozens of recipes over the years but they have all come up short.

Until now.


I can't even describe to you how perfect these cookies are.  They are beyond exquisite.  I'm confident that the addition of powdered sugar in the dough is the secret weapon.  The cookies have the most amazing texture, and topped with a light pink butter-cream frosting lightly laced with almond flavoring, they simply can't be beat!

So, go on, whip up a batch and have one for me.  I chased the escaped herd of sheep around the block in my rain boots this morning, so I can handle the extra calories.


Perfect Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter, room temp(please don't even consider using margarine)
1/2 cup Crisco
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Mix all ingredients and chill.  Roll out nice and thick (around 1/4") on a lightly floured surface.
Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes.  
The edges might start to barely get golden.  Don't overbake! 
Cool completely before frosting. 

Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, room temp (again, use the real stuff)
1 teaspoon vanilla (or almond extract, which I prefer)
2 teaspoons whipping cream
drop of red food coloring, optional

Beat powdered sugar and butter til well mixed, 
then add the extract and whipping cream.
Add more cream if necessary to develop a spreadable texture.

To get a perfectly smooth top, after frosting the cookies, dip a butter knife in water and lightly run it over the surface.  Works every time.


Today is my Mom's birthday.  She has been in the Philippines for 6 months now, and I miss her more every day.  I'd give anything for a hug from her, or to spend a day sewing and baking along side her.  Here is a recent picture of her in the front room of the home she and my Dad are living in for 18 months.  Isn't she so darling?


 Happy Birthday Mom.  I love you.

4 comments:

  1. That is so funny that you prefer almond flavoring instead of vanilla! I never buy store-bought icing. I always make icing myself so I can flavor it almond.

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  2. What the heck? Those comments were weird!!!! Anyways, I've always claimed that I have the perfect sugar cookie recipe, but looking at your ingredients I'm willing to try this one this year! It sound divine! Thanks for another inspiring post!

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  3. What the heck? Those comments were weird!!!! Anyways, I've always claimed that I have the perfect sugar cookie recipe, but looking at your ingredients I'm willing to try this one this year! It sound divine! Thanks for another inspiring post!

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