By Anna Harrington

Published on April 10, 2017

Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK | STYLING BY ANNA HARRINGTON

Sugar Cookies

 

These were made with egg shaped cutters for Easter.
Makes approx. 36 cookies depending on size of your cutters

Ingredients

– 3 sticks softened salted butter

– 1 cup white sugar (super fine works best)

– 1 egg

– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

– 4 cups all purpose flour (and an additional 1/4 cup for rolling out on counter)

– ½ teaspoons salt (taste you dough before you start rolling… you may want to add a bit more salt)

To make

1.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together, beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour cup by cup with blender on low, add salt.

2.

Divide dough into 4 patties. Wrap in plastic or parchment and cool in fridge for at least 1 hour (you could also use the next day).

3.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

4.

Use a bit of flour to help roll out the dough to be 1/8″ thick… do not make too thin!  Cut into your favorite shapes and transfer onto baking sheets covered in parchment. Bake about 10 minutes – until you can JUST see a very slight browning at edges. Transfer whole parchment paper to cooling rack.  Allow to fulling cool before icing.

5.

Make icing. Paint icing on with a brush.

Icing

Ingredients

– 2 cups powdered sugar

– 4 tbs whole milk

To make

Put powdered sugar in bowl and add the milk.  Mix with electric mixer or whisk… add milk or sugar to get consistency you want… I like it pretty thick.  Use immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate… it will thicken and develop a crust if left out.  Divide up into small bowls and add food coloring to make a bunch of colors.  if possible, use 1 brush per color so the colors stay clean and bright.  Allow to sit to dry for many hours- preferably overnight.  These are tastier the day after baking.