Thursday, July 4, 2013
"For I'm PROUD to be and AMERICAN,
where at least I know I'm FREE,
and I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that Right to ME"
I truly am so grateful for all of our veterans and current men serving in all areas of the Army.
While in the patriotic mood today I decided that for our centerpiece for our little BBQ that I would make a bunch of my favorite sugar cookies and make an awesome flag out of them! I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it looked so cute! I have little tiny white stars that will go on top of the blue ones instead of doing them all the same size on that part, but this is the general idea.
Anyway, I love this sugar cookie and frosting recipe. My family have used this recipe for years and years. Usually the only time that I make sugar cookies is for Valentines day, because anybody that knows me or my family knows that the women ALWAYS make our sweeties a GIANT heart shaped one and decorate it nice and cute just for them. It's always a big hit in my home. So my sweetie is extra lucky this year because he gets to have sugar cookies twice this year :)
Mine looked like this:
For the Cookies:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1. Mix butter, sugar and eggs together until smooth. Then add vanilla and mix well.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add in batches to the butter mixture.
3. To check if dough is ready pinch a little bit between your fingers. If it sticks A LOT then add a little more flour until it doesn't stick to much to your fingers.
4. Form a ball with the dough and put in the fridge for at least an hour.
5. To make cookies, dust your counter (make sure its very clean) with flour and roll out your dough to your desired thickness. (I usually roll mine about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick). Using whatever shape you desire cut out your dough and place them on a cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 400 for 6-8 minutes depending on your desired doneness and the thickness of your cookies.
7. Let cool and frost.
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
dash of salt
(blend those ingredients with a mixer) then add
2 TBSP-1/4 cup milk or cream
splash of vanilla
Taste to see if its how you like it. I would start by adding just a little milk and then adding more to get your desired thickness or thinness.
**Randi's Side Notes**
~ I usually make a double batch and freeze half of the cookies for another time (before frosting them)
~ I like my cookies soft so I usually pull them out before they get a chance to get any brown on them at all. Usually right at the 6 minute mark depending on the size of the cookie.