Today is a special day, it is my mother in law Mary’s birthday! For months I have known that I would be making something for her and featuring it on my blog but I have had such a hard time deciding what to make for her special day. A few months ago she gave me a challenge to make that I was originally going to make, but I changed my mind, I will make it before the end of the year, I promise!
Mary is one of my biggest supporters, not only did she make my fabulous banner you see at the top of this page, as a fellow blogger it has been great to bounce ideas off her, we even have a few projects in the works to be featured on here so stay tuned! This weekend is her class reunion and it really got me thinking because, ten years ago I was invited to the family picnic part of the reunion since I was her son’s girlfriend of almost a year. We have almost eleven years of memories and I am so grateful that Mary welcomed me into her family with open arms from day one.
Well this past weekend when I was in my baking mood I texted my trusty taster (Mary) asking what cookies I should make, when she replied with frosted sugar cookies, I knew I had a winner for her birthday, especially since I had just some across and intriguing recipe on Pinterest that morning. When I posted my puppy chow post I asked what your favorite treats were as a kid Mary mentioned sugar cookies and how she would make them with her mom at Christmas, so I wanted to make them a little different than her fantastic Christmas sugar cookies, seriously they are one of my two favorite sugar cookies, the other is my co-worker Sue’s, my mouth is watering just thinking of all these cookies! Well now I have a third favorite to add to theirs!
For the cookies you will need butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
Beat together butter and sugar on low until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Gently fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
Scoop out dough with medium scoop and refrigerate at least 2 hours. (I let it sit overnight in an air tight container in the refrigerator.)
When you are ready to bake preheat oven to 350 and put cookies from the fridge on baking sheets.
Bake 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on baking sheets before removing.
While the cookies are baking it is time to make the frosting! You will need butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and heavy cream. Oh and don’t forget the sprinkles!
Beat butter on low speed until light and fluffy.
Gently mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.
Pour a tablespoon of heavy cream at a time, beating until you reach desired consistency. (I used all three tablespoons.)
Now the fun part! Frost the cookies as desired.
Cover with sprinkles.
Share! (They are also delicious unfrosted!)
Frosted Sugar Cookies
For the Cookie:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
In a mixing bowl add butter and sugar, beat on low until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla, scrape sides of the bowl with a spatula. Gently fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Scoop out dough using a medium scoop and refrigerate at least two hours, I recommend overnight. (Do Not skip refrigerating the dough, your cookies will not turn out the same!)
When ready to bake preheat oven to 350, place chilled dough onto baking sheets and bake 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on baking sheets before removing.
For the Frosting
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
Add butter to mixing bowl, beat on low until light and fluffy. Gently mix in powdered sugar and vanilla. Add heavy cream a tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency.
Spread about a tablespoon of frosting over each cookie and decorate with colorful sprinkles.
Look at how yummy those look!
Happy Birthday to the best mother in law!