Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Painted Sugar Cookie Letters

Did you know that Friday, July 9 was National Sugar Cookie Day?  A little random piece of trivia.  We celebrated it a few days late.  During a weekend trip to Sur la Table we picked up these four fabulous cookie cutter letters.  I love the font style, and the letters are nice and wide - easy to scoop up with a spatula, which always makes roll out cookies much more pleasant to make.

After doing some  mixing, rolling out, and baking,  Jack painted a thin layer of icing on the cookies.

Here's the cookie recipe.  I liked how the dough mixture pulled away from the bowl so easily after it was mixed.

Sugar Cookies


3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking power
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg, milk and vanilla and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Mix approximately 3 cups powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and enough water to make a thin, paintable icing consistency.  Add food coloring after icing is thoroughly mixed.  Use a clean paintbrush to apply to cookies.

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