Thursday, January 7, 2010

A family tradition...

Every year for Christmas, we make a birthday treat for Jesus! And it usually always seems to be this sugar cookie-cake! I got this recipe from a sweet little American lady while we lived in England. She was an amazing baker!!! Her recipe is for cookies, but I always tend to be in a hurry and just throw it all on a cookie sheet and bake it all at once!

I have lost this recipe a million times!!! Thankfully my MIL has a copy. I know she gets tired of me calling her every year to get it, so I thought I'd finally post it. Don't know why it's taken me so long - this really is the best sugar cookie I've ever had!!!

Best Sugar Cookie Ever!!!

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tarter

Mix sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, & egg. Stir in remaining ingredients, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hrs. Heat oven to 375. Divide dough and roll, cut shapes out. Then bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges are light brown.

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
about a 2 Tbs. of milk

Mix sugar, vanilla and butter. Stir in milk; beat until smooth and spreading consistency.


Heidi said...

How long do you bake your giant cookie for? I've been looking for a great sugar cookie recipe. I'm always disappointed with the ones i try.

teresa said...

oh my gosh, this looks so good. great tradition!

Kathy said...

Thanks Ladies! :O)

Heidi, I tend to start with just 7-8 minutes and usually just eye it after that. Sorry, for not being more specific. This year I went a little too long and it was a bit crumbly. When in a hurry, I'll use the grocery store cookie with this icing and it usually fills my sugar cookie craving. To me, it's the icing that makes this recipe!!! YUM!

Kathy said...

* I meant the refrigerated cookie dough in a tube, like Pillsbury! Just don't tell Martha!!! shhh... ;)

Monica H said...

What a nice tradition. A nice pop of color too!