Sugar Cookies!

Well it’s a beautiful day here, with a high of 80 degrees and sunny.  I went to the farmer’s market this morning and I’m pretty sure I got a sunburn sitting outside.  But, sometimes the first sunburn of the year isn’t so bad because it’s just nice to know that the weather is nice enough to actually get a sunburn.

In addition, Monday is St. Patty’s Day!  I’m not much of a beer drinker, and am more Scandinavian Lutheran than Irish Catholic, but, nevertheless, I relish the opportunity to bake holiday themed treats.  I used a basic sugar cookie and icing recipe which can be suited to any holiday depending on the shape of your cookie cutter and the type of food coloring you have.

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Sugar Cookies

350 degrees F

Cookies:

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

10 tbsp butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla

sugar for dusting (optional)

Soften the butter in the microwave and then add each of the other ingredients.  Mix well using a beater (or your hands, which is what I did).  Flour a wax paper surface and a rolling pin to roll the dough out to the desired thickness.  My clover cookie cutter was pretty huge, so I only got 12 cookies, but you’ll get more/less depending on the thickness of the dough and the size of the cookie cutter.  Carefully place each cookie on a greased cookie sheet and bake 5-8 minutes (again, depending on how thick the cookies are).

Royal icing:

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tbsp meringue powder

6 tbsp water (more or less depending on how thick you want the icing).

food coloring (I used about 4 drops of green)

Once the cookies are somewhat cool, you can ice them with the Royal Icing.  Let the cookies sit out for a while to let the icing harden before stacking them on one another.  I also added some green sprinkles.

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