Sunday, December 14, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: decorated cookies

Welcome to our Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies link up! For the next two weeks, join us every day and add your favorite cookie recipe for that day’s theme. Please follow Lisa and I and check out some new blogs! Happy baking!

The best kind of decorated cookie, in my opinion, is traditional sugar cookies (see my post from yesterday for a great recipe!) with thick buttercream icing. I know that lots of people use a thinner glaze on sugar cookies, but we've always gone for a creamy, substantial buttercream with lots of sprinkles. I have so many memories from childhood of sticking my knife into a big bowl of icing and schmearing it all over a cookie. Many hours were spent creating beautiful, edible masterpieces!

I stick with a simple buttercream recipe that is quick and easy to make. It's almost impossible to screw it up! Once again, my girl Betty (Crocker) doesn't let me down.

Traditional Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
Inspired by Betty Crocker

  • 3 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk 
  • Food coloring (I go with red and green for the holidays, of course!)
  1. In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk.  Add food coloring to reach desired color.
  2. Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. 
  3. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar.

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