Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sugar Cookies

I know, I know, wrong holiday again!  I made these before Halloween this year and forgot to post the recipe.  I decided to post this recipe anyway because, you could make turkey shaped sugar cookies or Christmas trees or reindeer or stars or dinosaurs....okay, you get the idea.  This is one of my favorite sugar cookie recipes.  They are a tender cookie with a light mild frosting.  

Best Sugar Cookies

1 cube soft butter
1 cube margarine
1 & 2/3 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla

4 & 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Cream the butter, margarine, and sugar.  Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla.  Mix in dry ingredients.  Roll out dough on a floured surface and cut shapes.  Bake on a greased sheet at 350* for 10 minutes.

Awesome Frosting

1 & 1/2 C. shortening
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. butter flavoring
2 Tblsp. Dream Whip powder
4 Tblsp. flour
1 bag of powdered sugar
2/3 C. water

Beat in a mixer for 5 minutes.  Add coloring if desired.  Frost cooled cookies and enjoy!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pumpkin Cookies with Penuche Frosting

My oldest son made these the other night and they were so delicious, I had to make some more!  The frosting is to die for!  It has a maple flavor and would be great with chopped walnuts adorning the tops.  Just remember to have the walnuts ready and right by your side because the frosting hardens quite quickly!  As you can see, I was not prepared and mine set long before I could put nuts on them.

Pumpkin Cookies
1 C. butter
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 C. canned pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 C. flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and the sugars together until light and fluffy.  Blend in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract.
In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Mix flour mixture into butter-sugar mixture.
Drop tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until golden around the edges.
Let cool completely.

Penuche Frosting

3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2-2 cups confectioners' sugar

In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat until bubbly. Cook, stirring constantly, for one minute or until slightly thickened. Beat in the milk. Blend in confectioner's sugar until the glaze is smooth and spreadable. Frost cookies quickly.