Cookie cutters, checked. Rolling pin, checked. Food colouring, checked. Sugar cookies, here I come!
Christmas wouldn't be complete without delicious and beautifully iced cookies, don't you think? Here is the easy recipe I have been making for quite a while:
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of butter, softened
1 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
2 tablespoon of milk (or almond milk)
1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
For lemon icing
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tablespoon of lemon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and milk. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover dough with plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour.
2. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on baking sheet 1 in. apart. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges turn golden. Cool down completely.
3. Prepare the icing by combining sugar, lemon and vanilla extract until smooth. To achieve the desired icing color, I like to use this very helpful guide put together by the Food Network Magazine (May 2012 issue):