Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentines Sugar Cookies

When my husband was going up every year at Valentines Day his mother would let each of her children (she has 6) invite over 2 friends to bake and decorate cookies.  It is one of my husbands favorite memories.   I am carrying on the tradition but I am not quite as adventurous as my mother in law. I bake my cookies in advance an only let me kids each invite one friend.  This year we used some of my THRIVE freeze dried fruits to decorate the cookies.  That make the cookies a health food.  Right?

Best Ever Soft Sugar Cookies                                                                                       
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. butter or if you must shortning
3 eggs
1 c. milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. almond extract
About 7 or 8 c, flour

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together sugar, and butter or shortning.
2. Add egg, milk, and almond extract. Mix to combine.
3. Add salt, soda, and baking powder. Mix to combine
4. Add flour to make a soft dough.
5. Roll out a little on the thick side.  Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 min.

My Favorite Butter Cream Frosting--Thanks for sharing this recipe with me Ann
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
¼ cup shortening
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. corn syrup *don't leave this out it is crucial
2 tsp. milk

1. Mix butter and shortening together with hand mixer until creamy.
2. Gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth.
3. Add corn syrup and milk. Beat until smooth.