There are lots of cookies recipes in the internet and cook books, by testing many of them I selected the one I love the most. Most recipes for sugar cookies are extremely similar to this. Some sugar cookies recipes ask you to add almond extract or lemon zest in place of the vanilla extract, try and find which one suits your taste.
One of the nice things about making sugar cookies is that they can be as simple or as detailed as you care to make them. Making sugar cookies with children can be a fun and special family activity.
This sugar cookies recipe is easy to make and kids love them.
Recipe for Icing
Using this icing recipe you will end up with having a lovely icing that dries hard and shiny and the colors stay bright.
You can cover around 12 cookies using this amount of the cookies icing.
• 1 cup confectioners' sugar
• 2 teaspoons milk
• 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
• 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
• assorted food coloring
Put together sugar and milk in a small bowl, stir until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity (start with one drop increasing the number for deeper colors). I prefer using brush to cover my cookies with the icing.
Sugar Cookies Recipe
• 3 cups flour
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 cup soft butter
• 1 egg, slightly beaten
• 3 tbsp cream
• 1 tsp vanilla (can substitute almond extract)
Sift dry ingredients in to a bowl, cut in butter and add other ingredients. Blend thoroughly, put into a fridge to chill for several hours.
Break off a piece of dough the size of an orange and pat it flat in your hand. Using a rolling pin, roll on dough on floured board (best to use a 2/1 ration of flour/sugar - 4 Tbsp flour mixed with 2 Tbsp sugar). I like rolling my dough between wax paper it help to speed the process. Roll out to about a 3mm thickness. Cut out the rolled dough using coke cutters and put on wax backing paper. Bake 5-8 minutes at 160C. Remove the cookies from the oven as soon as you see them turning color at the base of the cookie. Let cool completely.
Once cooled, the cookies can be decorated with frosting, royal icing or rolled fondant. Spread cookies icing on cookies with a butter knife or a brush, use cake decorating piping equipment to add decorative accents. You can also sprinkle your cookies with hundreds and thousands, put mini marshmallows etc. Makes around 20-30 cookies (but the number can vary depending on the size of your cookies cutters).
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