Tuesday, December 14, 2010

On The Second Day of Christmas Cupcaketress sent to me...

(anyone else notice i was writing the song backwards??? took me a minute to realize how blonde I truly am.)

So today I'm sharing a recipe that is super popular in my family, and back when i was in middle school and high school all the band kids loved them. My mom has been making these cookies forever and ever and used to make them for every holiday big or small no matter what, but times have changed and shes a super working, baseball mom who only has time two times a year to make these. Everything is just perfect and cute about them. I mastered the dough and baking part, its just the icing on top I'm still figuring out, but the lovely Bakerella posted a creative fun way to make decorating more unique and enjoyable instead of just hating what i know ill end up with usually!

So here is my moms cookies i have named:
3/4 cups butter
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat butter on high. Add 1/2 the flour, all of the sugar, eggs, baking powder & vanilla. Beat until combined. Stir in the remaining flour. Once all is combined chill for 2 hours. (i usually make the dough the day before and bake the next day) After 2 hours you will need to have your flour on hand and a rolling pin. On the surface you are going to be rolling out the dough cover with flour so it wont stick, also rub some on the rolling pin just in case. Don't be shy... you will need to use PLENTY on flour the more you use the dough because it will get kinda sticky. Roll out the dough, use whatever cookie cutters of your choice and place on an ungreased cookie sheet (bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes).

Once they are out of the oven let cool for 2 minutes the place on newspaper or a cookie rack. Once completely cooled get ready to decorate.

3 table spoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
powder sugar

Beat butter and vanilla. Add powder sugar and milk until desired thickness. (this is the part my mom is still the best at! I'm still figuring out because i usually am impatient but i have learned to be more patient and maybe will get a good thicker icing this year!) Once mixed to the desired thickness, you can add food color and decorate with it. Add non perils, m&ms, skittles, red hots, and what ever else your heart desires to get the look you want!

And I'm super sorry to say i have no photos yet. Maybe on Christmas i will post mine and my moms so you can see where i got it from and who does it better.

Also these last a while in an air tight container. And you can freeze the baked cookies un-decorated till you are ready to decorate for about a week. Pretty neat and works out well for those super busy super parents, kids and everyone else who is an undercover baker! :)

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