(You don't mind a picture of kid-decorated cookies do you? Although I think they did a better job that I can...)
My art of homemaking this last month has been the search for the ultimate sugar cookie. It all started when I made a batch of sugar cookies before Christmas and they just weren't very good. They were so dry and just tasteless. From there I decided that I wanted to find a great (not just good) sugar cookie recipe in time for Valentine's Day. It took three tries (and a lot of leftover sugar cookies lately) but I think I have found one that could be considered a great sugar cookie.
First, I am going to send you to a different place to get the cookie recipe because sadly it is not my own but, I promise, that it is well worth the click. (But then come back because you need the frosting...)
The recipe for the cookie part is HERE. My only advice on the cookies is to cut them thick (thicker than you think) and do not overbake. Don't even let the bottoms get brown yet...it will keep them super soft.
And the frosting recipe is what my mom's side of the family calls fast "Birthday Cake" frosting. The real "Birthday Cake" recipe was a cooked frosting with flour and butter to make a roux.....hence the difference in fast or slow, but I think they taste pretty identical.
Ok, now I know that some of you are going to be freaked out when you read down this frosting recipe and find that there is Crisco in it. Please don't freak out until you have tried it.....(But, if it still does freak you out that bad....just use butter.)
And plus while you are scooping out the Crisco (regular from the can...not the sticks) you can think of this scene from The Help. (It's one of my favorite scenes...) I love when she says, "How pretty..." it cracks me up every time.
Fast "Birthday Cake" Frosting
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 cup Crisco
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Beat in a large mixing bowl for 5 minutes. At first, it won't look like it will come together, but it will.
There you go. Print out both recipes and you are ready for Valentine's Day.
If any of you try them.....let me know your verdict. Or if you have another ultimate recipe for sugar cookies....I'd love to hear about it. We are on a sugar cookie roll at our house.