Anyway, in an effort to keep busy/kill time waiting for baby sister to come, Griffin and I decided to make Valentine's day cookies. Well, I made the cookies, and frosted them, and he helped decorate. A little.
My Mom's Morning girls had participated in a cookie bake awhile back and shared their yummy sugar cookie and icing/frosting recpies. I hope they're not special family recipes we were supposed to keep to ourselves, because here they are!
1 1/2 C sifted powdered sugar
1 C butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond flavoring
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
Cream sugar and butter. Mix in vanilla, almond and egg. Blend dry ingredients together; stir in (do not use mixer). Chill 2-3 hours. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Bake 375 for 8 min or just beginning to turn golden on edges.
Sugar cookie Frosting
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners' sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired
Side Note: I'm not a big "baker," so I had some questions while looking through these recipes. But first I have to admit that I did not own a rolling pin and had to borrow one from my neighbor:). So to all you expert bakers: how thick would you suggest the dough to be when rolling it out? (I made mine a little thicker than a fruit leather strip) Is 'sifting' the sugar necessary? (I didn't do it.) What kind of milk would you use (1% ok?)? And, what is cream of tarter, and why is it a powder and not in the 'dairy' section of the grocery store?
I always get a little nervous 'baking.' It seems so precise and exact compared to cooking....but each of these recipes were pretty simple and I think the cookies turned out ok....
....a little thicker than a fruit leather...
After lunch, (and yes-I highly recommend doing this on a full stomach:) I broke out the cookies and the decorating frosting (in plastic baggies), and let Griff have at it. I guess my teaching skills have gone downhill after being out of the biz for a few years because the first thing he did was lick the cookie. I let him eat that one...