Monday, December 12, 2011

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

 

The past week has been filled with cookies, cookies, and more cookies! Why, you ask? Well, it was for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! Basically we all recieved 3 names, and we mailed a dozen cookies to each person. In return we all received a dozen cookies from 3 different people! SUCH a fun idea and I looked forward to the cookies every. day. :) Thanks Lindsay and Julie for all of your hard work!

I was trying to decide what to make for the cookie swap and decided a soft cookie would be a good idea as it would (in theory) stay nice and soft in the shipping process. I stumbled across these bad boys and knew I HAD to make them:

And I have met my new favorite sugar cookie…

These babies are soft, vanilla-y (it’s a word), and absolutely delicious! The perfect soft sugar cookie.

You know the cake-like frosted cookies from the grocery store that come out with different colors for each holiday? You know the ones I’m talking about… super addicting deliciousness.

These are better. Yah, you heard me… BETTER. Plus the ingredient list is all things you recognize! ;)

 The 3 lucky Recipients of these Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies:

The lovely bloggers that sent ME cookies :)

Thanks guys! The cookies were FAB.U.LOUS.

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Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Yield: 22 cookies

Ingredients:

For the cookies:
4½ cups all-purpose flour
4½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoons salt
1½ cups (3 sticks) butter, room temperature
1½ cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

For the Frosting:
5 cups confectioners sugar
5 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
7-8 tablespoons milk (plus more, as needed)
Food coloring (optional)
Sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

For the Cookies:
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk until blended together. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time, and beat until mixed together (scraping down the bowl as necessary). Next, add the vanilla. Lastly (at low speed), add in the dry ingredients mixing until just incorporated. Cover bowl and refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.

Scoop out a scant (just shy of) quarter cup of dough and roll into a smooth ball and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the cookies at least 2-3 inches apart. Using the bottom of a glass (sprayed with non-stick spray), flatten the balls of dough slightly. Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes or just until set (be careful not to over bake!)! Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Frosting:
In a large bowl, place the confectioners sugar. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and milk to the bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in additional milk as necessary, until desired consistency is reached. Tint with food coloring (optional). Using an knife (or spatula), frost the cooled cookies. Immediately top with sprinkles if desired. Store in an airtight container.

Source: Annie's Eats

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27 Responses to “Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies”

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    Carrie @ Kiss My Whisk — December 12, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    These were so good and definitely addicting! I can’t wait to make them myself.

    • Kristina replied: — December 12th, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

      SO glad you liked!! :)

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    Natalie — December 12, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    these look so good! i want them in my mailbox, too! :)

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 12, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Haha! Great minds think alike! Yours look great!

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    Erin — December 12, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    Great cookies! I wish I could’ve had a batch from everyone in the swap they all look so yummy!

    • Kristina replied: — December 12th, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

      i know, right! Although, that would be A LOT of cookies!

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    Jessica — December 12, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    Adorable!

    And I am LMAO again at the photo below on Instagram of you in your sexy jammies. Girl you rock those! :-D

    • Kristina replied: — December 12th, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

      haha thanks girl ;)

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    Ashley — December 12, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Thanks for the cookies! They were such a treat! Loved them :)

    • Kristina replied: — December 12th, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

      yay… glad you enjoyed them!

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    Maria — December 12, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    The cookies look perfect!

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    Cassie @ bake your day — December 12, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    These look perfect. I love the crisp color of the frosting with those sprinkles…absolutely lovely!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — December 12, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

    These look so delicious! I love those similar grocery store cookies, and these look even better!

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    carly {carlyklock} — December 12, 2011 @ 11:51 pm

    Would have LOVED to have been on your list and gotten these in the mail!

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    Sandra — December 13, 2011 @ 5:43 am

    I love soft sugar cookies and I bet these from your house are the best!

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    Maxine — December 13, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    When I first read the recipe, I thought “man that’s a lot of salt for a cookie” but I suppose the vanilla balances it out. These look amazing. I might have to make them and do a recipe share :)

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    jennifer @ peanut butter and Peppers — December 13, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    Oh yum! I love sugar coookies and oddly enough I haven’t made them yet this year. I plan on doing that this weekend!! Your cookies look wonderful, I love that there soft!

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    JulieD — December 15, 2011 @ 1:38 am

    These are so beautiful!!! I need to make these soon. :) Thanks for joining in with us. Can’t wait for next year. :D

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    Maria — December 15, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    So pretty!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 15, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    These cookies look perfect! I love frosted sugar cookies, one of the best this time of year!

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    Jessie — December 16, 2011 @ 8:42 am

    Yum! Those look so good!

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    mom — December 18, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    These were SO good…great flavor!

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    Amanda — December 20, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    Do you use salted or unsalted butter? Does it matter? Thanks!

    • Kristina replied: — December 20th, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

      the original recipe called for unsalted, but i used salted and they came out perfect! So, use what you’ve got! :)

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    kristeen — December 14, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    Wonder could you do these as cut outs?

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    kristeen — December 14, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    Cutouts?

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    Alice Davids — January 6, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Hi Kristina, I recently came across my Publix Family Style magazine from Dec./Jan. 2012/2013. I saw your soft cookie recipe and decided to check out your site. Wow, these cookies look like they would be fairly easy to prepare and also delicious to eat.I was wondering if I could make the cookies smaller, or would that change the softness of the cookie? Also if so, would the length of time be shorter? I remember my grandma making soft sugar cookies, when I was younger, and I loved them so much. I don’t have any way now of getting her recipe. Can you please let me know about this by email? I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you, Alice

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