Sugar Cookies with Berry Frosting {giveaway!}

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Don’t these hot pink cookies look like the perfect thing to bring to potlucks and picnics all summer long?

These beauties are from my sweet friend Heather Christo’s new cookbook.  Her book Generous Table is just as gorgeous as she is.  Heather makes me feel like I can entertain any night of the week.

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Heather has recipes for any type of entertaining festivity.  From Ladies’ Luncheon, Southern Housewarming, Backyard BBQ, Game Night, and Holiday Dinner Parties, Heather has you covered.  She even shares decoration tips!

I was so happy to see a few traditional Greek recipes in the book.  She has a recipe for Bougatsa that she describes as a cross between baklava and creme brulee.  You can be sure that’s what I’m making next!

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I will be cooking from this book for all of my summer entertaining.

Her recipes are delicious with a twist.  The beet pesto pasta called to me.  The macaroni and cheese with pumpkin and bacon stared me down.  But ultimately, I decided to make these pretty little pink cookies.  You know the first recipe I make from any cookbook has to be a dessert!

The sugar cookie dough couldn’t be easier.  The berry frosting is what makes these cookies sing—fresh berries crushed and mixed with butter and powdered sugar.  So pretty, so good!  I used raspberries, but I’ve got my eye on some strawberries for the next batch, too.

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Would you like to win a signed copy of Heather’s new book before it is released?  Of course you do!

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Leave me a comment telling me your go-to recipe for entertaining.  Do you use your Mom’s lasagna recipe to wow your guests?  What’s your stand-by recipe?

2.  For extra entries, follow the lovely Heather on twitter and give her a ‘like’ on Facebook.  Heather’s twitter page is here.  Her Facebook page can be found here.

3.  Tweet about this giveaway, then leave me a comment telling me you did so.

That’s it!  Good luck!  I will choose a winner on Friday, April 26th at noon.


Sugar Cookies with Berry Frosting {giveaway!}
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Serves: 2 dozen
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar, plus more for rolling out the dough
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2¼ cup all-purpose flour
Berry Frosting:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 6 berries
Instructions
  1. In a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the salt and the egg yolks and continue creaming. When they are well combined, add the flour and mix until just combined. It is important to not overmix, and it is okay if the dough is a little crumbly.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of wax paper, and using the wax to help you, mold the dough into a disc. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or up to overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325. Line 2 baking sheets with a silpat liner or parchment paper.
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and turn out onto a surface lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is ¼" thick, adding extra powdered sugar to keep the dough from sticking. Cut out rounds with a cookie cutter. Place the rounds on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, but be careful not to overbake. (I like these best before they have begun to brown.) Remove the cookies from the oven and cool for a few minutes on the sheet pans. Then carefully transfer them with a spatula to a cooling rack.
  6. Meanwhile, make the berry icing: In a medium bowl, combine the butter, powdered sugar and berries and whip together until you have a smooth and fluffy frosting. Set aside at room temperature.
  7. Frost the cookies only when they are completely cool.
Notes
Heather Christo’s Generous Table by Heather Christo © 2013 Kyle Books

 

Comments

  1. Ali Grace says

    Oh this cookbook looks amazing! My go-to recipe for entertaining… probably hamburgers! They’re easy, my husband loves to grill, and we’ve got beef cattle so we always have an abundance of ground beef. :)

    P.S. I’m probably way behind but I love your blog’s new look!!

  2. says

    These look so perfect! I’ve heard amazing things about Heather’s new book. My go-to recipe for entertaining is definitely bruschetta!

  3. says

    The color of the frosting on those cookies is so bright and vibrant – I love it! I don’t really have a go-to recipe for entertaining. I tend to try new things all the time, which probably isn’t the smartest idea, but I can’t help myself :)

  4. barbara n says

    My stand by recipe for entertaining is a big pot of spaghetti and meatballs! Who doesn’t like pasta!

  5. susan says

    chicken en croute…..delicious and easy and looks like you spent alot ot time preparing. also will make stuffed shrimps which is also easy. I do prefer baking cookies and let my husband do most of the cooking.

  6. Jeannette B says

    My go to entertaining recipe has to be my loaded blondies and my recipe for lil smokies. They are always requested at parties ;)

  7. says

    My go-to recipe for entertaining is Dorie Greenspan’s chicken diable- pan sauteed chicken breasts in a creamy mustard sauce. It’s so easy to make but looks like it took all day.

  8. Angie says

    Chicken sate & sesame noodles. Everything can either be made or marinated the night before, and the chicken can be grilled at the last moment. So good.

  9. says

    I make “Perfect Protein Salad” from the Moosewood Cookbook. It is really good and easy, makes a ton, nobody else makes it and can be made the day before. Heather’s new book sounds wonderful.

  10. says

    I had no idea until this post that Heather Christo was making a cookbook and now I’m so excited! I love that lady and she certainly does know how to entertain. I made her goat cheese hush puppies last summer on a family vacation and we ate them non-stop..even had them for breakfast the next day. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend them ;) Your cookies look fantastic as always, my dear and I love the idea of using fresh berries in your icing for a unique and fresh flavor!

  11. Marissa Kubinski says

    My go-to recipe for entertaining is a Spanish dish called Picadillo. A very easy and crowd pleasing dish.

  12. Linda S. says

    My go-to recipes for entertaining are seasonal: cranberry and golden raisin tart for winter, blueberry cake for summer, or biscotti year-round.

  13. Jennifer Hoyt says

    Those cookies look yummy – I really could use one with my morning coffee…! :)

    My go-to recipe is my grandmom’s waffles! For some reason we have company for breakfast more than any other time – or we just eat out every other meal… Everyone who tries them loves then, and all the waffle recipes I’ve tried over the years have never compared! Maybe I should send it to you for downsizing, it makes way more than two people can eat. ;)

  14. Georgia says

    Wow, the cookbook (not to mention your run with those cookies) looks fabulous! Cannot wait to read it. Beautiful.

    My go-to recipe is Ina Garten’s Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken- always a crowd pleaser and simple to boot!

  15. Rachael P. from Texas says

    My Tante’s (aunt’s) apple cake is my go-to feel good cake recipe. Banana cream cake balls are always a hit, and bite-size too…perfect for party!! This book looks amazing!

  16. Darleen says

    My go-to dish is a pronto bake from pampered chef. It’s pasta, sauce, two cheeses and zucchini. Everyone loves it. My go-to dessert is Ghiradeli’s dark chocolate brownies with Ghiradeli’s chocolate squares with the caramel baked between (place half the batter in pan, add a layer of the squares and then pour rest of batter on top and bake). Yum!
    Cookbook looks amazing!

  17. says

    These are such pretty little cookies! And since they have berries in the frosting, they’re good for you, too. ;-)

    I picked up an interesting habit from Momma – we tend to make new, never-tried-by-us recipes when we entertain. Luckily, it has worked out for us thus far, although that’s an interesting gamble to be taking…

  18. MaryB says

    The book looks amazing. My go-to recipe for entertaining is roasted shrimp – along with a simple risotto it is easy and delicious.

  19. Jenna says

    My go to recipe is my roasted brussels sprouts with craisins, pine nuts, salt and pepper, garlic olive oil, and then sprinkle with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar.

  20. Christina says

    My go to recipe is prosciutto wrapss for summer entertaining. Dress some fancy lettuce with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and walnuts, then place some in the middle of prosciutto and roll it up. Delicious, light and pretty.

  21. Christina M says

    My go-to recipe for entertaining is a “tasting plate” of mini creme brulee’s! I usually vary the flavors based on the guests attending and the season!!!

  22. Nicole says

    My recent go to entertaining recipe would be homemade Stromboli with homemade pizza dough. It’s easy and most people enjoy it!

    I also followed Heather on twitter and liked her FB page, this books looks really great! I love to host parties so it’d make great use of this book.

    Can’t wait to try those cookies!

  23. Monique says

    Congrats Heather!! My go-to is deliciously creamy bacon filled potato bake – it’s the only time I’ll let myself eat it!!

  24. Maggie says

    Love, love the color on these cookies! Am a big sugar cookie fan from way back, so I’ll try these asap. As for my go-to recipe, it has to be my mother-in-law’s recipe for Kringla. they are tasty cookies in the shape of figure-eights. Add a little butter, a little sugar and what’s not to like? lol

  25. Morga says

    I always stick with desserts. Though the type differs from occasion to occasion, you better believe most of them involve chocolate!

  26. says

    Wow that cookbook looks and sounds AMAZING. love that super hot pink frosting!

    I always make lasagna as a go-to for entertaining! It’s such a crowd pleaser AND it tastes pretty good lukewarm…so no need to stress about having it be piping hot!

  27. says

    My family always makes gooey s’mores bars! They are super simple, and everyone loves them. We’ve brought them for anything from piano recitals to boy scouts parties, and they always disappear!

  28. says

    I make my mom’s wine cake for dessert. It tastes amazing and people think i spend hours on it but it really only takes me ten minutes of prep and then into the oven!

  29. says

    I have to say I’m boring – my favourite thing to make when entertaining (for a certain definition of entertaining, at least, since it’s mostly friends over for a gaming day or two) is pizza. The dough and sauce are easily prepared, and it’s so easy to customise for every guest!

  30. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats says

    I love the color of that berry frosting. It is such a pretty color.

    I don’t really entertain. I used to cook for my family when my mom was out of town and I didn’t want to have a burger for the 3rd night in a row. I usually go for Asian inspired meals though. Those recipes usually turn out really well. :)

  31. Christina Badaracco says

    My go-to recipes are a spicy orange and beet salad, for a side dish, or some variation of a fruit crisp for dessert- trying to use whatever’s in season!

  32. Bonnie says

    I just found your site and you are a miracle. I love the Husband but, oy, the warm up dinners. I can’t wait to suggest some of the dinners for two you have here. My go to recipe for dinners is the Macaroni and cheese from the Moosewood cookbooks, except I add roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts. If I am a guest I bake something yummy for dessert. Thanks for your recipes.

  33. Anne S says

    I am still an entertainer in training but my recent go-to’s have been my fiance’s meatball and tomato sauce recipe (very lucky he’s a better cook than me!) and a big salad with all the fixings and homemade dressing. I am definitely looking for more ideas as I try to host people more often!

  34. ChristineM says

    My go to dish is lasagna but not for entertaining…. Husband and I trade a pan of it for lobster tails from our friends. WHAT a trade!

  35. Brenda says

    Heather’s book looks really nice, best of luck to her. My current go to menu is Ina’s Herb pork tenderloin, garlic roasted fingerling potatoes, roasted asparagus and honey glazed carrots. Everything can be made ahead and reheated or thrown in the oven and roasted right before serving. Oh and dessert….Chocolate Ganache Cake and Lemon Merengue Tart or a lovely fruit Trifle.

    I liked heather on Facebook.

  36. says

    Such cute cookies! And I haven’t even commented on the great new look on your site! Beautiful and so fresh.

    Okay, so entertaining. For brunch, I rely heavily on Heidi Swanson’s Baked Oatmeal recipe since it’s so darn easy for morning and isn’t super heavy. And for dessert, you’ve heard me rave about Sprouted Kitchen’s Blueberry Oat Biscuit Cobbler. The best!

    M

  37. Jessica says

    I don’t really have a go-to entree for entertaining – whatever sounds interesting at the time, but dessert is probably the Baked Brownie – it is perfect as is, but it also makes a great base for all kinds of “dressing up.”

  38. says

    I am totally checking out her cookbook now. These cookies sound lovely! BTW I just responded to your comment on my blog and I think you and your husband sound amazing! you guys are totally welcomed to the farm if you ever find yourselves in Oregon :)

  39. says

    Yum. These look great.

    My go-to recipe? Depends on who is coming over, but I prefer things that can be made ahead for large groups – so white chicken chili or pork bbq are always staples around here. I have several go-tos when it comes to dessert though!

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