19 Feb 2017
Valentine’s Sugar Cookies
Following our pizza-making extravaganza, we decided to address our desire for dessert. Lily thought pretty Valentine’s sugar cookies would be most appropriate. And if you give a Lily a Valentine’s sugar cookie, then she will surely want a tea party! There is nothing I enjoy more than a good old fashioned tea party. 😉
We have tried countless recipes and by far the best we have used is a recipe posted on allrecipes.com. Thank you Jill Saunders! If you would like to read the original post, here is the link. We also used a royal icing recipe from the same site.
This sugar cookie recipe yields a good amount. Between decorating mishaps, a little snacking and a lot of sneaking, a surplus of cookies is always appreciated in our home.
Following the sugar cookie recipe, I have also included the icing recipe we used. In reality, these cookies are so good you don’t even need the icing. We did it more for a decorative effect, keeping Martha “Lily” Stewart happy!
First in a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Then, add in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar and mix well. Cover the dough and chill for at least one hour.
First, preheat your oven to 400°F. Then, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface to desired thickness. Lastly, cut out the cookies from the dough and place them on the baking sheet.
The recipe on allrecipes said to bake for six to eight minutes. We needed to bake ours for a bit more. We may have rolled our cookies thicker than the recipe suggested. Regardless, your cookies should be lightly brown around the edges. This is all up to personal preference. If you like a crispier cookie, leave them in longer. If not, pull them out sooner.
Now, it’s time to get to the frosting. First, we placed all of the ingredients into the bowl and then mixed until everything was incorporated. Our frosting came out a little too stiff, so we added more water. We added a little at a time until the consistency of the frosting was to our liking.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar and mix well. Cover the dough and chill for at least one hour.
- Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll to desired thickness. Cut out cookies from dough and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 6 - 10 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack.
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 6 tablespoons warm water
- Sift the confectioners’ sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the meringue powder. Add the water and mix until fully incorporated. If the icing is too stiff, add more water to the icing a bit at a time. Dip your cookies or use a brush to apply the icing.
- If you plan to make this ahead of time, put a wet paper towel over the container before placing the lid on top and sealing it. You can also divide the icing into containers and add different food coloring to each to desired intensity.
Any questions or suggestions, let us know and comment below!