Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sugar Cookies (the Wilton recipe)

I found this recipe on the back of a cookie cutter I bought. Its delish and perfect for Christmas.




1 c unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp clear vanilla extract
1/2 tsp no-color almond extract
2 3/4 c all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt



Preheat oven to 400°F.
 
In mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts.
 
Mix flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
 
Do not chill dough.
 
Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 in. wide and 1/8 in. thick. Dip cookie cutter in flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

COOKIE ICING

1 c confectioners' sugar
2 tsp milk
1/4 tsp flavored extract (I like lemon or peppermint)
1 1/4 c sugar and 1/3 cup water, boiled together to make simple syrup
assorted food coloring

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in simple syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more simple syrup.

Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

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