Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Best Sugar Cookies Ever!!!

This is Alton Brown's recipe for the sugar cookies. I got it off the food network. The frosting recipe is my own....



Sugar Cookies
Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
Directions
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg, vanilla, and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Frosting
1/2 cup of butter softened (1 cube)
1 teaspoon vanilla
just a couple drops of coconut flavoring (this is the secret to great icing!)
Blend butter and flavorings together till smooth.
Add:
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of milk (will add more a little later as well)
desired food coloring
Whip with electric beaters till fluffy, keep adding milk a tablespoon at a time until it's spreadable or the desired consistency that you want.
Frost cookies and add desired sprinkles on top. Depending on how thick you like the icing you may want to double the recipe.

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