I 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 !
INGREDIENTS FOR COOKIES
1 1/2 cups (Domino) granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups butter or margarine (room temp)
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
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.
BUTTERCREAM FROSTING FOR COOKIES
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
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.
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.