This recipe was passed to me by my sister, via our dear friend. I used this recipe years ago when I was room mom at my children's elementary school. I would do the Valentines parties and cut out heart shapes. I would bring the frosting and all of the decorations for the cookies and the children would always enjoy doing the decorating. I know you will agree they are SOooo yummy. They taste like the best bakery style cookies you will find! *
Martha's Old Fashioned Frosted Sugar Cookie Recipe
Yield 3 dozen medium sized cut out cookies
Oven temperature 350* 8-10 minutes
1 Cup Butter ( unsalted)
3 Oz Cream Cheese
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg Beaten
1 tsp Vanilla
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon salt ( only if you use unsalted butter)
1/2 teaspoon Baking powder
On Medium Speed, Cream Butter and Cream Cheese, add Sugar, beaten egg and Vanilla. Once incorporated, add Dry ingredients and beat for 1 minute, until all ingredients are incorporated.
Cover and chill the dough.
Roll the dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness, on to floured wax paper. Use Cutters or a glass to make special shapes. Place cut out cookies on cookie sheet ( or sheet with silpat or parchment). Place the tray in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. Don't over brown...cookies should be dough colored for best results. Remove from the parchment and place on a cooling rack.
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 Cup Melted Butter
1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 Cup Milk
Mix Melted Butter and Powdered Sugar together in mixing bowl on medium speed. Add Vanilla and Milk and continue to blend until smooth and all ingredients are incorporated. Add drops of food coloring of your choice and mix well. ( you may separate the frosting prior to coloring if you would like to make different color frosting)
Once the cookies have cooled completely, about 15 minutes, use a spatula to frost the cookies. Add decorations or sprinkles as you like. You may add the frosting to a frosting bag and pipe on if you would like. The frosting will level out and stay moist.
Share and enjoy!
*photo courtesy of cookingclassy.com