Sugar cookie cut outs are not always the easiest things to make, are they? They take a lot of time and patience. But, aren’t they are SO worth it?! Those buttery, sugary, adorable looking cookies have a place in the hearts of children and grown-ups alike. I like to try different cut out recipes and this is one that was passed to me from my Dad’s wife from Alton Brown that I made this year and FULLY recommend -they are AWESOME!!!! Powdered sugar is used to roll them instead of flour…
*As you can see in the photos- you can decorate unbaked cookies with colored sugar before placing them in the oven-then you do not have to frost them. If you like frosting then, bake them as you normally would, make frosting below and decorate as desired. I like them both ways!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- ½ cup shortening
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- food coloring
- 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 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 ¼-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 parchment paper and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges.
- 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.
Dedicated to my husband Geoff Nehrenz