soft frosted sugar cookies

IMG_4002

Today was one of those days.

IMG_7964

You can tell I’m having one of those days when I’m wearing my glasses.

IMG_3993

I rarely wear my glasses past the hours of midnight to 7 am…unless it’s one of those late nights with restless sleep, wake up on the wrong side of the bed, ready to crawl back in by 1 pm kind of days.

IMG_7958

Contacts never made it anywhere near my eyeballs today. You couldn’t have gotten them in there if you tried.

IMG_4005

It’s days like these that call for a little comfort in the form of a soft and buttery sugar cookie slathered with sweet vanilla frosting. You really can’t go wrong with a tried and true favorite.

IMG_7950

Speaking of favorites…pink frosting and sprinkles?

IMG_3994

I feel better already.

IMG_7947

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

from Annie’s Eats

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 and 1/8 tsp salt
1.5 sticks butter
3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the frosting:
5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/3 cup (5 1/3 tbsp.) unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
7-8 tbsp. milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional…but not really. Fluffy pink frosting all the way)
Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk together to blend. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed. Blend in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients mixing just until incorporated and evenly mixed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour.

When you are ready to bake the cookies, scoop a scant quarter cup of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies at least 2-3 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes or just until set. (Do not overbake! The edges should be no more than very lightly browned if at all.) Let cool on the baking sheet for several minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To frost the cookies, place the confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Whisk in additional milk as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Tint with food coloring if desired. Use an offset spatula or spoon to frost the cooled cookies. (If the frosting begins to thicken as you decorate, just continue to whisk in small amounts of milk to keep it workable.) Top with sprinkles if desired. Store in an airtight container.

IMG_3990

IMG_4008

Advertisements

About Bianca

I'm a 20-something optometry student, juggling my aspirations to become a doctor with my passions for food, traveling, and life. You'll find a little bit of each on this blog!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to soft frosted sugar cookies

  1. these are exactly what I feel like munching on right now, and they look so cute!

  2. Pingback: christmas baking | sweet dreaming

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s