Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

Almost everyone has a go to sugar cookie recipe and this is mine.
Basic ingredients, rolls out easily and with the freezing trick cut outs keep their shape without spreading.
What more could you ask for?
Oh, and they taste great too. 
With buttercream frosting or as a base for fruit pizza.
Doesn't get any better.

Sugar Cookie (thanks to Bake@350)
1 c cold butter
1 c sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 t almond extract
3 c flour
2 t baking powder

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add egg and extracts. 
Stir together flour and baking powder, gradually add to creamed mixture and beat just until combined.
Roll onto floured surface and cut into shapes.
Place on baking sheets and freeze for about 5 minutes.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

Buttercream Frosting
1 c butter 
3 c powdered sugar
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 T cream or half & half

Mix together sugar and butter on low then medium for 3 minutes.
Add vanilla and cream and beat for another minute. 
Frost or pipe on cooled cookies.

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