Adding A Little Sugar: Valentine Cut Out Cookies
I'm FINALLY getting back to blogging this season and trying to take more moments away from ALL business to share a little more of me and life over here in Highland and Honey lockdown.
This Valentine's Day I wanted to do a classic family tradition, sugar cookie cut outs! Growing up my mom had this enormous glass jar filled with a million cookie cutters for every occasion. While my collection isn't quite that big yet, I did break out my lips, hearts, and moon cutouts to celebrate the weekend.
Our family sugar recipe is THE BEST! After a lot of experimenting over the years I finally returned to this recipe as the real deal. I am so excited to share this buttery goodness with you all.
Sugar Cookie Recipe:
- 1 cup (227 grams) soft butter
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (royal icing in the UK)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
1. Set the oven to 375 F (190 C)
2. Combine butter, sugar, vanilla, almond extract, and egg together. Use a hand or electric beater.
3. Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
4. Add flour mixture slowly to butter mixture until well combined.
5. Allow to chill for at least one hour.
6. Once you are ready to roll out the dough, split the dough out into 1-2 sections. Keep the second half chilled.
7. Flour your surface and rolling pin. Then roll out the dough to the desired thickness. Your shapes will look better when the dough is 2-4 cm thick! You do you. For a more chewy cookie make it thicker!
8. Use your shapes to cut out the dough and place on pan. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the sides of the cookie shapes are a little bit brown. Roll out again.
9. Remove from tray and let cool. See frosting recipe below.
Butter Cream Frosting:
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 4-5 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
- Pinch of salt, to taste
1. Beat butter on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until creamy and smooth.
2. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, cream, and salt. Beat for another 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
3. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir the frosting by hand for a few minutes to get rid of air bubbles before using to frosting cookies.
4. Split up the frosting into bowls and adding whatever colors you want! Decorate and add sprinkles.
I decided to make it fancy and did a little tea break for Adam so we could nom some cookies and have a break from work! So feel free to decorate your little heart out and make it fun!
I also LOVE making these cookies for Easter or Christmas and giving them as little packages for friends over the holidays.
I hope you guys have an AMAZING Valentine's Day and I hope these cuties will help you keep things sweet!