These sugar cookies are my favourite cookies ever: melting in your mouth, buttery, really perfect! They are easy to make, easy to freeze and they make for a perfect DIY Christmas gift once packed!
When I was little we used to make these cookies, and hang them on a Christmas tree with other hand made decorations. I think I’ll hang some too, even though I know they won’t hang for long (guess why!)
I did mine with my daughters, and they loved cutting out shapes, and decorating with colourful icing ( aka, eating it by the spoon!). This year I tried the simple Royal icing, and I really love how it turned out!
What you’ll need :
3/4 cup softened butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Start by mixing together butter, with sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients, and mix it well. Roll the dough in a ball, and chill in the fridge for at least an hour (I chilled mine overnight).
Roll it, and cut out cookies. When they’re ready for baking, place them on baking pan, and bake for around 8 to 12 minutes on 300 F (keep a close eye on them, depending from your oven it can be longer, but you don’t want to overlook them!)
For the icing:
2 cups icing sugar
1/4 cream of tartar
2 1/2 teaspoon egg whites
Mix it all together on high in the electric mixer, if to thick, add a little bit of hot water. Divide in to smaller bowls and add a drop or two of the food colouring, mix, and decorate the cookies!
For the best effect try using a lot of different shapes and colours!
Once decorated, store them in a dry place, just look out, they disappear really fast!
And if you’d like to freeze them for later, then do it before baking! Just place your unbaked cookies on the baking sheet, and leave for a couple of hours in the freezer. Once freezed, put them in to a small zip bag. When you’re ready for a new batch, just place them directly on the baking sheet and bake for 3 to 4 minutes longer (remember not to over bake!)