Frosted Sugar Cookies

Hello, hello!  Sorry for being absent earlier in the week!  My mom is in Germany which means that someone has to wash the dishes (blah), make the meals, water the many flowers that we have, and do other odd jobs around the house.  But don't worry, I haven't forgotten about this little place!  I have a few fun posts in the works, so stay tuned!  

What are your plans for this July 4th?  Usually for us it's just pretty low key with some good food and small get togethers.  (I don't even remember the last time I saw a fireworks show! Yes, I know. shame.)  I'm fine with low key holidays though.  I'm a low key person myself so they are my "thing"... although occasionally I love an extravagant event.  My sister, Rebekah, is coming home from Michigan tonight for the rest of the week so it will be nice to have her here to make the house feel less, um, vacant.  Shopping, lots of coffee, and movies are all called for when she comes home... which I of course don't mind in the least.

With the Forth of July just around the corner I thought it necessary to showcase my patriotism with... cookies.  Oh, how I love a good sugar cookie (they come right behind these yummies)... One of the wonderful things about sugar cookies is how they are so easy to decorate accordingly for each holiday or special gathering! 

sugar cookies      makes (roughly) 2 dozen    recipe from Betty Crocker's Cookbook  
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla (or almond or lemon extract)
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt 

Mix thoroughly butter, sugar, eggs and flavoring.  Blend in flour, baking powder and salt.  Cover; chill at least 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll dough to 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured board.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 6-8 minutes or until very light brown.

1/2 cup butter
2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water

Cream butter for 1 minute in a stand mixer then gradually add the powdered sugar.  Pour in vanilla and then add water gradually while mixer is on medium speed.  Continue whipping (on high) for 5 minutes.

I simply used a little food coloring on tooth picks to make the design.

NOTE: make sure the sugar cookie dough is cold or it will be very easy for the dough to tear.  So if you notice the dough is too hard to work with, just stick it in the fridge for 20 minutes or so. 


  1. They're really cute! I've never celebrated the 4th of July, but it wouldn't make any sense for me to do so since I'm from Ireland.. Yeah scrap that notion. Anyway I'd like to try a sugar cookie I'm not sure I've ever had one. I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July! Anna x

  2. Such cuteness! Also, you need to come and see the girls and I perform before the fireworks in Wilmington! Maybe amp up your celebrations a bit? ;)