Sunday, January 11, 2015

Snowflake Cookies

     Another yummy sparkly sweet treat on the dessert menu are my all time favorite sugar cookies!  These are so easy to make and delicious! And of course, I had to make them snowflakes to go with the Frozen party!

Recipe from Martha Stewart

What you need:

2 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg (room temperature, slightly beaten)
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
White sugar sprinkles

1 lb confectioner's sugar
5 TBsp meringue powder
scant 1/2 cup water

How to make them:

Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl, set aside.
In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light a fluffy, about 2 minutes.
With the mixer running add the egg, milk, and vanilla, mix until well combined.
With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture, mix until well combined.
Transfer dough to a work surface.
Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness.
Using a cookie cutter (I used a snowflake) cut into the dough and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between.
Leftover dough can be rolled out and cut once more.
Bake until lightly golden about 10 minutes, do not allow to brown.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.
While cookies are cooling, beat the confectioner's sugar, meringue powder, and water in a bowl of an electric mixer on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes.
If icing is too thick, add more water; if too thin, beat 2 to 3 minutes more.
Place icing in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip or use a pastry spatula to decorate the cookies.
Garnish with sprinkles.
Let the icing dry to harden.

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