Frosted Sugar Cookies

Christmas Cookies, Little House by the Dunes

I hope everyone has been enjoying some terrific winter holidays this month! A sudden snowstorm last Thursday left us with 18″ of beautiful fluffy snow – and an extra day at home to get more baking done! Everyone got into the act, even the American Girls~

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The frosted sugar cookies are always a big hit, and they are so pretty mixed in with the rest of the assortment. Let’s get baking!

Frosted Sugar Cookies, Recipe

1 recipe milanderli dough

1 batch of American buttercream frosting (below)

The dough is easy to handle and rolls out beautifully.

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When you’ve cut out all your shapes, bake them at 325 for about 10 minutes, or until they just begin to color.

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Let them cool completely while you make the frosting. When I did wedding cakes I typically used an Italian buttercream but for cookies I always use an American style buttercream. Since the cookies aren’t very sweet, they can handle the sweeter frosting.

American Buttercream Frosting, Recipe

6 T. butter, softened

4 c. powdered sugar

2 t. vanilla

1 t. almond extract

3-4 T. heavy whipping cream

Combine the butter, sugar and extracts in a mixing bowl. Whip at medium speed until combined. Turn the mixer to high and drizzle in the cream until you reach the desired consistency. I keep mine a little on the firm side, because if you add coloring it will thin a little bit.

Continue to whip for another five minutes. This will give you a super creamy texture.

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Keep the buttercream covered until you are ready to use it because a crust will form over the top.

Since I keep all my cookies a little on the small side, the sprinkles I had seemed really huge. So I put them in the food processor and whirled them until they were smaller.

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They were a little dusty but otherwise fine.

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Divide your buttercream and spread each cookie. I let them sit out for about an hour to allow the frosting to crust over a little bit. For longer storage freeze them in a single layer as shown before packing them into ziplock bags.  These will keep for a month if well wrapped, and give you a headstart on any later holiday parties.

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I like to give the frosting job to the kids. . .it adds a certain charm I think!

 

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    1. Thank you! That is so sweet of you to think of me. I have really come to love doing this blog and I’m so grateful that you guys are enjoying it too. Blessings to you and your family – as well as the rest of my readers (!) for the new year~

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