If these aren’t the cutest cut-out sugar cookies you’ve ever seen, you either play with puppies and kittens all day and are on cuteness overload, or you’re not from Texas. Only one of those excuses is forgivable, by the way.
I scaled down sweet Bridget’s recipe, and not only is her recipeeasy (yes, roll out cookies are easy!), they are delicious. Every baker I know uses her recipes when they want perfect cookies every time. I quartered her full size recipe in order to make 1 dozen cookies.
Feel free to use this dough for festive holiday cookie cutters; I won’t mind a bit. But, since I’m going home to Texas for Christmas, these feel festive to me.
1 Dozen Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Makes 1 dozen.
3/4 cup flour, plus extra for rolling
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
For the icing:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-5 teaspoons milk
a few drops of vanilla
a few drops of red food coloring (optional)
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the butter and sugar. Once light and fluffy, add the egg yolk and extracts. Once well incorporated, sprinkle over half the flour mixture and beat gently until combined, then sprinkle over the rest. Beat until no streaks of flour remain, but be careful not to over-mix.
Dust a clean counter top with flour, and dump the dough out onto it. Gather it into a ball and press it into a 2" thick round disk. Flour your rolling pin, then roll out the dough out big enough to cut out about 8 shapes. Place the shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Gather the dough scraps and re-roll to cut out 4 more shapes and place them on the cookie sheet.
Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes while you preheat the oven to 350.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges of the cookies just start to turn brown. Let them sit on the sheet a few minutes before moving them a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cookies are completely cool, make the icing by whisking together all ingredients. Start with 3 teaspoon milk, and add more to achieve a slightly runny consistency. Ice your cookies by outlining the shape using a squeeze bottle or small piping bag with a tip, then flood the icing within the borders to fill it in. To make the little hearts, scoop a small amount of the frosting into a separate bowl and add red food coloring until you get the desired color. Use a toothpick to make heart shapes.
Christina Lane is the author of 3 cookbooks all about cooking and baking for two. She has scaled down hundreds of recipes into smaller servings so you can enjoy your favorite dishes without the leftovers! Valentine's Day is her favorite holiday.