A Sprinkle of Love

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!

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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!

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For the cookies you will need butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.

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Beat together butter and sugar on low until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

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Beat in egg and vanilla.

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Gently fold in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.

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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.)

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When you are ready to bake preheat oven to 350 and put cookies from the fridge on baking sheets.

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Bake 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on baking sheets before removing.

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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!

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Beat butter on low speed until light and fluffy.

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Gently mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.

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Pour a tablespoon of heavy cream at a time, beating until you reach desired consistency. (I used all three tablespoons.)

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Now the fun part! Frost the cookies as desired.

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Cover with sprinkles.

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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.

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Look at how yummy those look!

Happy Birthday to the best mother in law!

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Frosting First

As you guys may have noticed I have been MIA from the blog this week, but I promise it was for a good reason. My mother in law Mary had a big event on Friday called Word of Art and asked if I would mind making some cupcakes, of course I said yes! So I spent all Wednesday night making two batches of cupcakes (from scratch) and two batches of frosting, then I spent Thursday night frosting all the cupcakes. I felt so good once I passed them off to Mary and knew they were done. I think they turned out pretty well considering it was my first attempt at cupcakes from scratch. I also took it as a good sign when she said there were no leftovers. When Mary asked if I would be willing to make cupcakes she said oh this would be great for a blog post! I absolutely agree!

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While I was making the cupcakes I realized I have another idea for a blog post, I want to try different recipes and find the perfect cupcake recipes, there are so many variations out there I want to see what works the best. The white cupcake recipe I used I actually found in the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook, that I think everyone has, or at least someone in your family has. I thought they were light and fluffy and I learned you do not under any circumstances whip egg whites into stiff peaks by hand, mine were definitely closer to soft peaks but I was done and they still turned out delicious. I found the recipe I used for the chocolate cupcakes on the blog Sally’s Baking Addiction. They were chocolaty and I have yet to have a chocolate cupcake I haven’t liked but these were more dense and chewy than I prefer. It also didn’t help that I had to use a different cocoa powder, I always use Ghirardelli but I could not find it in any of our local stores so I had to use Hershey’s, nothing against Hershey’s, I thoroughly enjoy many of their products.

Frosting is always my favorite part of the cupcakes, there is a bakery here and the whole reason I go there is because their frosting is amazing! Zach is not a frosting fan, so really Zach and I should share cupcakes, I eat the frosting and he eats the cupcake, sounds like a plan right? Well I was going to share the recipe for the cupcakes and the frosting, but since I had my idea to find the perfect cupcake recipes I figured I would just share the frosting recipes because eventually I will share the best cupcake recipes when I try out more recipes, so stay tuned!

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Mary’s Best Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Add milk or powdered sugar to thin or thicken as desired. You can absolutely add food coloring if you want colored frosting.

(Sorry I was a bad blogger and forgot to take pictures of the finished product!)

Christina’s Creamy Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, cocoa powder, 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons milk. Beat until mixed well and no longer lumpy, it will be thick. Add all remaining ingredients and beat until smooth.

(Again, sorry I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any pictures of the finished product.)

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That’s one of my cupcakes in this photo that was put on the Word of Art facebook page! My cupcakes are famous!

On another note football is back and hockey starts in 16 days! Yay for fall!