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July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day, so let’s get a head start and whip up some cookies to celebrate accordingly!
Sugar cookies are a fun (and delicious) blank canvas for you and the family to create countless themes all year round. Whether you use store-bought dough or your favorite homemade recipe, you can frost them with my everyday icing recipe to take to a birthday party, graduation celebration or eat by the pool for an after swim snack. With such easy ingredients to purchase, you can make your list, head to Baker’s and get everything you need for a fun afternoon in the kitchen. Don’t have a Baker’s in your town? Find the closest Kroger store near you.
Few tips for the perfect icing:
- Using milk instead of water gives the icing a creamier consistency, making it easier to spread evenly and without lumps.
- Use gel food coloring instead of liquid for brighter coloring. Gel will also not affect the taste of your icing/cookies, keeping them buttery delicious.
- 1 32 oz (2 lb) package of powdered sugar, sifted
- 4-6 T whole milk
- Food coloring as desired
- In a large bowl sift powdered sugar.
- Add milk, one tablespoon at a time and whisk until smooth and creamy. Add more powdered sugar if too thin, add more milk if too thick.
- Divide icing into bowls and add food coloring.
- Leftover icing can be frozen and kept for one month.
- Bring to room temp, adding more milk if needed and use.
I have made countless batches of cookies (both good and bad) over the years, and a few simple tips have really helped me along the way. My helpful hints are not just for sugar cookies, but for any type of cookie that I am going to bake. Whether you are a seasoned baker or a first timer, you can make cookies that will get you lots of high-fives and singing praise – and I mean who doesn’t love a good high-five??
- Read recipe all the way through before you begin. Your butter and eggs might need to be brought to room temp, you might need to heat up the milk, water, etc. Knowing what needs to be prepped ahead of time will save you time and ingredients.
- Bake only one cookie sheet of cookies at a time. This will make for more even baking. Sometimes when cookies are left on the bottom rack the bottom will be too brown and the tops under cooked.
- Use unsalted butter in cookie baking/baking. This allows you to control the amount of salt in your recipes, especially if you have to add more salt later.