Tuesday, February 14, 2012

. . . Cookie Time Tuesday--Grocery Store Frosted Cut Out Sugar Cookies . . .

Happy Valentine's Day! 

 You know those amazing cut out cookies you see in the grocery store that are round and frosted and have sprinkles on them?  You always buy them for your kids promising you won't eat any but somehow you manage to eat more than the kids do?  Oh, wait, that isn't you doing that, it is me!

I found this "copycat" recipe over at Authentic Suburban Gourmet for the Lofthouse Brand Cut Outs and knew I had to give it a go!  These didn't turn out quite like those but they are still really good.  After making them all and letting them cool completely I realized that 7 minutes of baking time in my oven was probably a bit too long.  I would say that I should have done more like 5 to 6 minutes to have these turn out as soft as the grocery store cookies.  The flavor is great and the frosting is a real keeper!  I liked that it hardened up just enough that it doesn't smear all over everything when you package them.  The frosting has a nice sweet taste but not overly so.

I hope you enjoy these cookies!
Print recipe HERE
 You will need:
6 cups all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. baking powder
1 c. butter, at room temperature
2 c. granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1 c. butter, room temperature
1 t. vanilla extract
4 c. powdered sugar
6 T. heavy cream
Several drops food coloring
Multi-colored Sprinkles

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 • Gather your ingredients
• Cream butter and sugar until fluffy
• Add eggs one at a time and beat well
• Add vanilla and sour cream and mix completely.  You will also add your dry ingredients and combine well.

• Divide dough in half.  Place a long sheet of plastic wrap on the counter and smooth it out and place the dough on top.
• Fold the plastic wrap over the dough
• Start pressing the dough into a rectangle shape
• Cover in plastic wrap completely and put in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours or up to overnight.

 • Once the dough has chilled you will unwrap the plastic wrap and sprinkle the top with flour.  Flip the dough over, leaving it on the plastic wrap, and flour the other side
• Roll dough out to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out in circles using a circle cookie cutter.  If you don't have a circle cookie cutter you can use an upside down glass with the rim dipped in flour.

 • Bake for 7 minutes at 425 degrees (I found in my oven that 5 or 6 minutes would have been better)
• Gather ingredients to make the frosting
• Cream butter and vanilla then add the powdered sugar until blended well.
• Add heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

 • Add food coloring of your choice.  I used Wilton Gel Color in Rose to make a hot pink.  You can see it takes just a tiny bit to make a bright frosting.
• Combine the food coloring well 
• Frost the cookies
• Add sprinkles and let the frosting set before packaging.

I added the sprinkles and gently pressed them into the frosting so they would stay put.  They look good enough to eat.

 I gave these to my son's teachers for 
Valentine's Day with a tag that says
"You are one SWEET cookie!"

Now don't eat too many at once--oh shoot, 
again I'm talking about ME and not YOU ! 

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