Who agrees that when it's cold outside that there is nothing much better than staying in and baking? I decided to have a Valentine's sugar cookie day where we just stayed in and baked fresh, warm cookies, and made them look pretty o course! This sugar cookie recipe has been in my family for years and it is hard to convince me that there are cookies out there that are better! This is such a fun winter day activity and every year when it gets close to Valentine's Day, heart shaped cookies in all shades of pink are a must! Recipe and tips below!!
Sugar Cookie Recipe:
Ingredients List for Dough::
2 cups *softened butter (I use unsalted but you can use either)
2 cups sugar *(heaping)
2 teaspoon vanilla *(I add a little extra)
2 teaspoon almond extract *(I add a little extra)
6 teaspoon baking powder
7 cups flour *(I don't like mine too dry, I usually end up only using 5-6 cups of flour, your dough should still be a little sticky)
1. Mix wet ingredients with sugar then slowly add baking powder and slowly add flour.
2. Mix well (I love to use this Bosch mixer)
3. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes
4. Bake for *6-7 minutes at 375 on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. (In my oven I only cook them for 5-6 minutes. *I like them to be extra soft and they will continue to cook a bit after you pull them out, DON'T let them get golden brown).
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe::
1 pound cream cheese *(2 sticks)
3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature *(3 sticks of 1/2 cubes softened butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 pounds powdered sugar
*Mix together in mixer.