It feels like Christmas (it’s as cold, if not colder than December), looks like Christmas (due to the piles upon piles of snow), and smells like Christmas (a result of the aroma of cookies baking!) But it’s not Christmas…it’s Valentines Day! The perfect excuse to make tasty treats if you ask me. When I found out I was responsible for the dessert component of tonight’s dinner, I was
PUMPED! I knew I wanted to make something that I could incorporate pink( my favorite color), red, and white into…so frosting came to mind. My favorite thing to frost is sugar cookies! Plus, my Mom has one of the easiest, tastiest, and somewhat healthiest sugar cookie dough recipes that I’ve ever seen. I say healthiest because this recipe only calls for one stick of butter. Most sugar cookie recipes call for two. If you don’t believe me, look online!
I firmly believe a recipe is a good recipe if you reuse it over and over again. This recipe descended from Grammie Rowden’s cookbook and we still have her original recipe card. It’s that good! Although I’m fully aware sugar cookies can be a tedious task, I was prepared. I made the dough yesterday afternoon, let it chill overnight, and baked the cookies after work today.
I made the frosting as they cooled, and split it up into 3 separate batches for 3 different colors.
Grammie Rowden’s Sugar Cookies
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 T milk (I used skim)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1/2 tsp. salt
2 ½ cups flour ( I used white)
1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place butter and sugar in the bowl, and beat until combined. Add the eggs, vanilla, and milk and beat to combine.
2) Sift together flour, baking powder, cream of tarter and salt, and add to liquids. Mix all together.
3) Wrap dough in wax paper and chill for approximately 2 hours (or length desired).
4) Sprinkle a work surface ( I put wax paper down) and rolling pin with flour and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move dough frequently to prevent it from sticking and add more flour to the work surface and rolling pin as needed. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, (or a paper cookie cutter like me!),cut hearts, re-rolling dough as needed. Place at least 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, and bake until cookies are set but not brown, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the pan slightly before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
2 sticks butter, softened
1 1/2 – 2 lbs powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk ( I used low-fat)
Mix butter and powdered sugar together, adding sugar gradually to the mix. Add vanilla. Mix in milk, adding more if needed. Continue to add milk and sugar until it reaches the desired consistency. Add food coloring if desired!
I’m off to lick the spatulas! Don’t be jealous!
What did you make for Valentine’s Day?