Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Boo" said the sugar cookie

I have found the best sugar cookie recipe and must give credit to Martha Stewart.   She has perfected the recipe in her Martha Stewart Cookbook and nothing will compare however, being me, I changed it up as I prefer a slight lemony flavor to mine.   I used Royal Icing to decorate and always use meringue powder instead of raw egg whites for safety.   This will satisfy all your goblins, both little and big!

Halloween Sugar Cookies

  • 4 1/2 C sifted flour
  • 4 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 lb unsalted butter
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • zest from 1 lemon
Directions:   Preheat oven to 375 degrees.   Butter your baking sheets and sift together your dry ingredients.   In a food processor, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add the eggs and mix well.   Add the dry ingredients a bit at a time, alternating with the milk and vanilla.   Finally add the lemon zest and beat well.   Wrap and chill for an hour.

Divide the dough into 4 pieces.   Roll 1 piece at a time on a floured board and cut with cookie cutters.   Bake 8 minutes and cook on racks.

Royal Icing

  • 2 C confectioners sugar
  • 2 egg white or use meringue powder (2 t powder with 2 T water = 1 egg white)
  • 6-8 drops of fresh lemon juice
  • Food Coloring
Directions:   Mix the sugar, egg white (or substitute) and lemon juice in a medium sized bowl.   It should have the consistency of heavy cream.   Add your choice of food coloring in batches to decorate your cooled cookies.   I made happy pumpkins and used silver dragees for the eyes.



Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having said...

Very cute!

Unknown said...

Those look so cute.

Unknown said...

Adorable! These are so festive--great for a Halloween party or to put on the table any time during the month. Love the silver sprinkles in the eyes--nice touch!

Camala - CC Recipe said...

How cute are these sugar cookies, they look great! Thanks for sharing:)

Suchitra Vaidyaram said...

Perfect lovely cookies!

Becky said...

Boo to you! How cute are these cookies? I'm sure that your family
loves them. Happy Halloween!

GreenGirl said...

Perfect for Halloween. kids will love them

Yesim said...

they look so amazing.. :)

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Dreamgoddess said...

Your cookies are so cute! I'm planning to make cookies next week and have bookmarked this recipe to try.

Chef Dennis Littley said...

I am always looking for reliable cookie recipes! this one looks like a sure winner, and you did such a great job decorating them!

Unknown said...

Those are so adorable. I like the idea of the meringue powder too. Thanks for passing the recipe along.