FROSTED SOFT SUGAR COOKIES

frosted sugar cooliesI got this recipe from the back of the 10lb Dominos sugar bag.  I’d been eyeing it for a while.  The name alone was calling me then I read the recipe and the bottom suggestion ‘for an extra special touch’  called for the colored sugar garnish.  I could imagine the textures – soft sugar cookie, sweet fluffy frosting, crunchy sugar crystals…   These cookies totally lived up to expectation.  A perfect alternative to the cupcake.  I am always disappointed with cupcakes – they leave me wishing I had just gone for the actual slice of cake.  These are little chewy, frosted satisfying bites.  Try them.  You’ll see !

sugar cookis on sheet

INGREDIENTS FOR COOKIES

1 1/2 cups (Domino) granulated sugar

1 1/3 cups butter or margarine (room temp)

2 eggs

2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl. combine sugar and butter and beat with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition.  Add vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the flour mixture to gutter mixture one cup at a time, and blend until all the flour mixture is incorporated.  Roll into 1-inch balls* and place on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 10-15 minutes until the bottoms turn light brown.  Cool completely before frosting.

FROSTING FOR COOKIES

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING FOR COOKIES

ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter (softened)

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1 lb (Domino) confectioners sugar (approx. 3 3/4 cups)

2 tsp vanilla or almond extract ( if you want your frosting very white, use almond)

1 tsp water

1-2 drops food coloring

directions

In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth.  Add cream of tartar.  Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time, blending until fully incorporated.  Add extract and water, mixing until combined.  Whip frosting at a high speed for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.  Add food coloring.

sugaring the cookies

FOR AN EXTRA SPECIAL TOUCH,  you can garnish your frosted cookies with colored sugar.  To make sugar, simply add a few drops of food coloring to 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.

*You can slightly flatten cookies with the back of a spatula if you dont want them as rounded as mine.  They end up almost semi-spherical otherwise.

 

Here’s the Christmas version!

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About sosatisfying

I grew up a vegetarian in So Cal. I lived for quite a few years in NYC and now I live in Atlanta, GA. I guess these various regions have had an affect on my cooking/eating style. Mexican food is certainly my comfort food - the more down home the better. Italian is my daily bread. And I love greens, grits and anything made better with Vidalia onions.
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