Happy 1st birthday Bakerholics Anonymous! To celebrate this milestone I thought I would share a recipe that I have only recently discovered but used frequently – with delicious results. These sugar cookies are perfect for any occasion as you can use any shaped cutters you like (my most recent batch were heart shaped for Valentine’s day but I have made a number of different varieties: stars and angels for Christmas, & even some Emperor’s New Groove themed ones!) The real beauty of these cookies is their versatility; they can be flavoured (via the cookie dough – think cocoa or cinnamon, or the icing), be very plain for fussy eaters by omitting the icing, and can be as thick or thin as you desire – just be sure to adjust oven times accordingly.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon water
3 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
2 cups icing sugar
15g (1 tablespoon) or so of melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla (or flavouring of choice)
Food colouring of your choice (I used Wilton Red food gel)
Cream butter, sugar & vanilla using electric beaters until well combined.
Add the egg and water and beat until light and fluffy.
Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, mix sifted dry ingredients into wet ingredients until a dough forms. Divide into 2 roughly equal pieces, cover with glad wrap (or plastic wrap) and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat oven to 190°C. Roll out dough using a rolling pin until you reach your desired thickness (anywhere between 5mm & 1cm is good) and cut out shapes using cookie cutters (or freehand with a knife if you’re skilful!)
Place onto a baking tray (they don’t have to be spread out much as they don’t really expand) and bake for 5-8minutes.
Once cool, ice with icing and decorate as desired.
Adapted from ‘Alice & Lois.com’ – ‘The Best Valentine Sugar Cookies’