When Mr. Prevention inquired about my holiday baking to-do list (i.e. what I planned on baking), he gave loud and clear disapproval over Frosted Sugar Cookies not making the list. After giving that some thought, I happily agreed that said cookies deserve to be part of our Christmas, not only this year, but every year as they have been in the past. And future. Mark my word!
What is it about sugar cookies? Not-so-memorable on their own…but frosted? Now we’re talking.
Maybe it’s the fact that Mr. Prevention helps. Last year he was Sprinkle Man and this year, ungraded to Frosting Boy. Though a demotion may be in order. Not only did he feel the need to frost every cookie the same color until that color ran out, but he used far too much frosting. While they are most certainly the cookies I would reach for on account of the frosting, we nearly ran out with about 10 cookies left. Oh wait, we did run out. We had about 6 naked cookies.
Of course it wasn’t until AFTER we ran out that he came to the realization that hmmm, maybe he was using too much as I had been coaching him all along. Imagine that. (I’m often wrong a lot when it comes to our little couple debates, but not lately. The streak continues.)
We also learned an important lesson: this frosting dries quickly. This really is a 2-person task to frost and sprinkle before the frosting hardens and the sprinkles come rolling off the cookies. This is particularly frustrating when SOME PEOPLE don’t actually sprinkle the sprinkles but decide to POUR them from a bottle with no top.
Who says kids are the messy ones?
It’s taken a few years and a few learning curves, but next year, we’ll get it all perfected. Less frosting, more spreading…sprinkles ASAP…and my lesson learned, use smaller cookie cutters — it cuts out some major calories. These Frosted Sugar Cookies are nearly 1/3 lower in calories (and fat!) than last year’s 😉
Best Rolled Sugar Cookies from Allrecipes.com and Christmas Cookie Frosting from Cooks.com
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
2 egg whites
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
food coloring, optional
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 F. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
For the frosting: Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Stir in food coloring, if desired. Frost cookies after they have cooled completely.
Yield: About 7-8 dozen (my recipe made 95 cookies this year as I used smaller cut-outs).
Nutrition Information (per cookie w/ frosting): 89 calories; 3.4 g. fat; 9 mg. cholesterol; 38 mg. sodium; 13.8 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 1.0 g. protein[/print_this]
My exam went well…I think. I hope! Results in 4-6 weeks…ugh. I hate the waiting game!
Only Wednesday, huh?
I am terrible at making anything look nice.
. . . which is why my cookies go undecorated.
I love cookies!!!
I love these photos Nicole! Such vibrant icing. The cookies look beautiful.
Hahaha I seriously love this, too funny. PS I’m driving up to MI from FL tomorrow night… conveniently just in time for the storm… what are they saying about it hitting MI? I feel like we couldn’t have had worse luck in when we were traveling.
Oh no 🙁 I just got an email at work about the storm (which is usually exaggerated). It read: …WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON. HAZARDOUS WEATHER… * SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY. * NORTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. IMPACTS… * TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL BECOME DIFFICULT WITH WET ROADS BECOMING SNOW COVERED AND ICY THURSDAY NIGHT. * REDUCED VISIBILITY BELOW A MILE IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW BEGINNING THURSDAY EVENING AND CONTINUING THROUGH FRIDAY. * NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE AT TIMES THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. * SOME POWER OUTAGES WILL BE POSSIBLE DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… * AT THIS TIME…HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER IS POSSIBLE BUT NOT IMMINENT. TRAVEL CONDITIONS MAY DETERIORATE QUICKLY IF HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER DOES OCCUR…SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.
Safe travels, Emily!
Frosted sugar cookies are the best. It’s just not Christmas without them.
You’re so brave! Sugar cookies are my holiday nemesis!
These look like the perfect sugar cookies, and that’s harder than it sounds to find!