Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Vanilla Sugar Cookies & Best White Icing Ever

Last Friday, I shared about the fun sugar cookies that Mr. Dishaholic & I often make together.

 So here's the recipes I promised.........


What you'll need:
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
3 cups flour

1) Preheat oven to 400*.
2) Cream softened butter & sugar with an electric mixer.

3) Beat in egg & vanilla.

4) Add baking powder.
5) Mix in flour - one cup at a time (mixing after each cup).
Blend last of flour by hand.
(If dough becomes too stiff, add water - a teaspoon at a time).
6) If desired, roll out dough on floured surface to about 1/8 inch thick & use desired cookie cutters. 
(It's helpful to chill the dough for a few minutes before).
7) Bake on greased cookie sheet (or on a foil lined cookie sheet) for 8-10 minutes or until slightly brown.

8) Allow to cool before icing.

Other options:
 1) For chocolate sugar cookies, mix in 3 ounces melted, unsweetened chocolate.
2) For colored cookies, tint dough with Wilton Icing coloring.  Knead in small amounts until desired color is reached.


 To decorate the cookies, you can either use store bought icing (in cans or tubes), or you can try out this recipe:

~Best White Icing Ever~
What you'll need:
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1 cup shortening
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla extract
3 tablespoons corn syrup (optional)
food coloring (optional)

1) In a large bowl combine sugar, shortening, water, & vanilla.
2) Beat on low speed until combined, then beat on medium for 5 minutes.
3) If not used for decorating (just icing), add 3 tablespoons corn syrup or water to icing.
4) Add food coloring as desired.
(If it will be sitting out a while, cover bowl with wet cloth to keep mixture from drying out).

I'm linking to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House.


  1. Uhmmmm, yummy! Thanks for the recipe!...Christine

  2. Oh yummy....I will try your frosting recipe. It looks as though it would stand up to decorating better than mine. Thanks.

  3. Decorated sugar cookies are a favorite with me! Joni