Monday, December 21, 2009

I found THE recipe!

My very favorite kind of Christmas cookie is the frosted sugar cookie! Actually, it doesn't even need to be Christmas and those are my favorite cookies! The only problem for me has been finding the *perfect* recipe! I've tasted the perfect cookie, I just hadn't quite made them. Until now...

A few months ago, I made my first real "blog" friend: Amanda. The only connection we have is that we're moms who have a love for baking. She bakes...she takes pictures...I read...I copy. It's a great friendship!

Her frosted sugar cookies are the absolute most beautiful things I had ever seen. She has made every size, shape, design, and pattern imaginable! People bid at auctions for her cookies. She's pretty amazing!

So, last week, when she posted her recipe for her amazing sugar cookies, I jumped right on board! You will not be disappointed in the time and effort it takes to make these amazingly delicious cookies! My cookies, of course, are not quite as detailed and beautiful, but since they don't seem to be lasting on the cookie platter that long, I'm ok with that!

These are my cookies...not the most glamorous...maybe someone should sign me up for a cake decorating class at Michaels!

Amanda's Amazing Sugar Cookies
  • 1-½ cup Butter (I Use Unsalted)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 whole Eggs Yolks
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.
Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are. ;)
I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined, as I have heard that if you over-mix this dough it will get tough.
Put dough in some Saran wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.
Amanda's Awesome Icing
  • 1 cup Confectioners Sugar (powder Sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • 1 drop Lemon Juice (fresh Or Processed)
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
Combine powder sugar, corn syrup, and lemon juice in a bowl.
******This next step is important!******If you need a thicker frosting, say for outlining your cookies, add LESS milk.
Just a drop at a time. If you have already outlined your cookies and need a to fill in or ’spill’ your cookies, you can add more milk (as much as you would need) to make your frosting very runny.
If you are using food coloring, be sure to use LESS milk. Most food colorings are liquid and can make your frosting more runny. If you are using a gel food coloring, your milk quantity can remain the same.
If you want to add different flavors, you can add drops of vanilla extract, almond extract, lemon, etc. to flavor your frosting.
If you want more SHINE, use more corn syrup and less milk. This frosting will stay good for days in the fridge.
Thanks for sharing this recipe, Amanda! Our friends, neighbors, family, pediatrician, and dentist thank you too! Amazing!


Misti Ryal said...

Hey Londa! I love sugar cookies too and we LOVE our recipe too. They remind me of the Lofthouse cookies you can get at the store. Big and fluffy and moist! Our recipe has Sour Cream in it!!! YUM!!!!

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

So funny! I just met Amanda last week, too. And I made her cookies last week.....and you're not kidding, those cookies are amazing!! Yum-o :)

Unknown said...

CRAZY: I have the exact recipe. I mean the EX-ACT recipe, which is hard to believe with the 6,492,389 sugar cookie recipes out there. Yes, very very very yummy. Any recipe that uses butter - I'm a fan. SO much better (in many ways) than shortening.
Your cookies were amazing - did you get my text that we were enjoing them BEFORE our meal arrived at the restaurant after church on Sunday? We got some odd looks...but hey, whatever! Speaking of amazing: how 'bout that prelude Sunday. Those keyboard girls were on FIRE! Don't tell Liz and Christa that we're about as good as them. I think that is the first (and only) time that I've played out of an "advanced" book. Clearly - me does not equal "advanced". Ok, this comment is ridiculously long. Maybe I should have just e-mailed you? Ok, Liz - stop typing. Wait - how's the spot bot? Need instructions?