I am not a great gift giver, and Valentine's Day isn't particularly important in our household. This year I decided that I would use my talents and make the hubby something that I knew would be a hit. Doug has a major sweet tooth that I like to indulge every now and then, so today is the perfect day for his favorite cookie.
Sugar cookies are my speciality. I have a crazy collection of cookie cutters, and I look for any excuse to make this divine little treats. Our freezer is always stocked with my special sugar cookie dough just waiting for the proper occasion to come out. Today is Dougs lucky day.
My culinary background has caused me to create a collection of recipes that are a hit with my family and friends. I have a 23 year old brother that loves these things so much that he sends me harassing text messages demanding that I send him a fresh batch. The beloved sugar cookie recipe was top secret until today when I decided to share it with you. Let it be noted that these ARE NOT a calorie friendly treat, and I refuse to alter the recipe in any way. I know that these are loaded with fat and sugar, and that makes me love them even more.
Britts Super Special Sugar Cookies
2 cups AP Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Brandy (whole milk is can be an option here)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1. Cream the sugar and butter together in a mixer until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
2. In a separate bowl while butter is creaming add all of the dry ingredients together.
3. Add the beaten egg, the brandy or milk, and the vanilla to the butter and allow it to incorporate fully.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix until completely combined.
5. Before rolling dough out to be cut into shapes, flatten dough in a thick pancake and wrap in plastic. Allow the dough to rest for a short while so that the gluten does not become overworked.
6. Preheat the oven to 350.
7. Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. These bad boys only take about 8 to 10 minutes to cook. They do not need to be browned to be done, if they brown they may be over done.
Yummy Royal Icing
1 pound Powdered Sugar
2 Egg Whites or 5 teaspoons of Meringue Powder
Water until desired consistency
1. Sift the powdered sugar. Place into mixer with the paddle attachment.
2. Add the egg whites and combine.
3. Add a few tablespoons of water at a time until the frosting becomes your desired thickness.
4. When at desired consistency, turn mixer on high and allow to beat for a minute or until the frosting becomes light and fluffy. It will look like meringue, or a fluffy cloud.
Final step, AND THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP, eat and enjoy.