February 13, 2014

Recipe: Valentine Sugar Cookies

Why are Valentine's Day and Christmas the only times we get to use cookie cutters and frosting and scatter colorful sprinkles all over the floor?  Here is a recipe for the most buttery, velvety sugar cookies in the world.
Sugar Cookie Recipe from Taste of Home
2 cups butter; softened
1 package cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks1 tsp vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
Frosting:
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 Tbs butter, softened
1 Tbs shortening
1/2 tsp vanilla
3-4 Tbs 2% milk
food coloring, optional
In a large bowl, cream the butter and cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Cover and chill 2 hours or until firm.

Roll out on a floured surface to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut into 3-in. shapes; place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set (not browned). Cool 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool.

For frosting, combine 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk in a large bowl; beat until smooth. Gradually add remaining sugar; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add enough remaining milk and food coloring until frosting reaches desired consistency. Frost cookies. Yield: about 7 dozen.