Feb
11

Rolled Sugar Cookies, V-Day Style

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Valentines’ Day is one of those holidays that lends itself well to rolled cookies. This year I somehow misplaced my holiday cookie cutters, so was pleased with myself when I realized that I could improvise using the Martha Stewart alphabet set that I had received as a gift a few months ago.  What else spells out I love you like a pile of pink and red X’s and O’s?  I pulled this recipe from Allrecipes.com, and was very pleased with the outcome!

“The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies”
Courtesy of Allrecipes.com, submitted by Jill Saunders

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out dough on floured surface ¼ to ½ inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely before icing.

For a simple icing I combined powered sugar, a splash of milk and almond extract along with red food coloring until I got the consistency and color that I was looking for.  I don’t know the exact measurements, but you can always add more powdered sugar if too runny, or more milk if too pasty.

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