Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

December 18, 2012 · 6 comments

in desserts/sweets

I don’t get a lot of pregnancy cravings (more like justifications for making poor food choices…) but when I do, they’re pretty terrible. And I don’t necessarily mean terrible as in unhealthy, I mean terrible as in being really processed. With both pregnancies, I started wanting “pistachio salad” like, immediately (total lol that it’s called a salad). I’ve been craving casseroles with cream of ___ soups that I haven’t eaten in years. Lipton flavored noodle packages sound amazing. And holiday-themed soft frosted sugar cookies have been at the top of my want list forever. As soon as I started seeing giant frosted pumpkins and snowmen, I’ve been thinking about them 24/7.

But even so, I haven’t yet purchased one of those giant cookies, or the Lofthouse cookies that they sell in plastic clamshell packages in the grocery store (actually, I haven’t given into any of the above cravings – yet). That said, when I was deciding what to bake for the holidays, soft frosted sugar cookies rose to the top of my list.

Now, I’m not going to tell you these are healthy. Surely they aren’t. But, they’re made from real ingredients without preservatives and really, they couldn’t be easier. These are definitely better than the stuff  you buy at the grocery store and don’t have that fake aftertaste. There is a good amount of vanilla in this recipe, which makes them especially good (though I have no doubts a little almond extract would be great in them, too). A quick note on the vanilla—if you leave the frosting uncolored, be sure to use a clear vanilla extract if you want to keep the frosting white. I don’t have clear extract, and mine was a little off-white (not that I minded).

Zachary loved helping decorate these cookies and by some small miracle, didn’t eat anything as he was doing so. Generally, having him help with dinner just leads to him eating an entire meal off the cutting board before dinner is served. This time I told him he could help decorate, but no cookies till after dinner, and he obliged. When he got frosting on  his fingers, he even asked for a napkin instead of licking it off. Weird.

We were big fans of these cookies, and I’m so glad to have finally made them. I didn’t have the time or inclination to go all out with royal icing Christmas sugar cookies this year, and these were a fabulous compromise.

I’ve had this recipe bookmaked from Hostess with the Mostess and made it from there, but later looked at Annie’s version and realized she increased the cookie recipe without increasing the frosting. So, I’m actually using her adjustments, because I definitely had a ton of leftover frosting making the recipe as-is. Plus this way you get more cookies. Win-win.

 

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