Recently we made cut-out cookies to celebrate spring! It was a great way to spend time with my four younger siblings! Little children LOVE making and decorating cookies!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (and a bit extra for rolling out)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt, by hand, in a medium mixing bowl.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes, until creamy.
- Add the egg and vanilla and beat on beat on medium speed until blended.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix on low speed just until blended.
- Divide the dough into half. Press each mound of dough into a flat disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheets with butter.
- Sprinkle your work surface with some flour. Unwrap 1 chilled disk of dough and place it on the floured surface. Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little more flour.
- Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is about 1/4" thick. Sprinkle more flour under and over the dough as needed so it doesn't stick.
- After rolling out dough, cut out shapes, and place the shapes on cookie sheet.
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until light brown around the edges.
- Let cool on the cookie sheet set on a baking rack for 15 minutes, and then transfer the cookies off of the cookie sheet and onto the cooling rack and let them cool completely.
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons warm water
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (we use honey, since we don't keep corn syrup on hand)
- food coloring and sprinkles, if desired
- In a medium bowl, use a wire whisk or an electric mixer on medium-low speed to beat the confectioner's sugar, warm water, and corn syrup until smooth.
- Add the food coloring if you're using it.
- Decorate the cookies. (The decorating icing hardens eventually.)