For our 2nd annual Christmas gift exchange with close friends, my friend Beth made these melt-in-your-mouth Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting! I love me a good sugar cookie, and seriously, these are to die for! They are buttery, smooth, and perfect! The funny thing I learned when making them was… I don’t own a sifter, rolling pin, or cookie cutters! It’s funny what you realize you don’t have until you need it! Thankfully Beth lives next door and let me borrow her cutters. Neither of us sifted the flour and we each had our own unique way of flattening the dough :0) Decorate with your favorite sprinkles and try to eat just one… I bet you won’t be able to!
Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream
- 2/3 c. shortening
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 4 tsp. milk
- 2 c. sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
Buttercream Vanilla Frosting
- 1/4 c. butter or margarine
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 c. powdered sugar sift if lumpy
- 1/4 c. milk or less
Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla.
Add egg; beat till light and fluffy. Stir in milk.
Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture.
Divide dough in half. Chill 1 hour.
On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/8 inch thickness.* Cut desired shapes with cutters.
Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 F about 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly, remove from pan. Makes 2 dozen. *Chill other half till ready to use.
Combine butter or margarine, salt, vanilla, and 1 c. of sugar. Add milk and remaining sugar. Add more sugar to thicken or milk to thin, if needed for spreading consistency.
Adapted from My friend, Beth