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~
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.
When you’ve cut out all your shapes, bake them at 325 for about 10 minutes, or until they just begin to color.
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.
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.
They were a little dusty but otherwise fine.
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.
I like to give the frosting job to the kids. . .it adds a certain charm I think!