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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

My kids and I spent the afternoon making one of our favorite cookies…frosted sugar cookies. I make these cookies for most holidays, to share at our volunteer tea at school, to take to Seaside, and simple snowflakes to give as gifts at Christmas. Here’s the recipe:

Just kidding. Here’s the real recipe:

2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 TBSP butter
1/3 Cup shortening
3/4 Cup sugar
1 egg
1 TBSP milk
1 tsp vanilla
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Cookies for Christmas

Beat butter and shortening until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat well. Add dry ingredients. Beat until well mixed. (I usually make a triple batch. They freeze well.)

The dough needs to be refrigerated for about 3 hours to make it easier to handle.

I like a thick sugar cookie. That way they are soft, rather than crispy. I roll them to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 375 for seven minutes.

I frost my cookies with a simple powdered sugar and milk frosting. I don’t ever use a recipe. I just pour in a little powdered sugar and a little milk until I get a consistency I like. The Wilton food coloring paste is the only way to go. You can buy it at Michael’s. It gives a much more vivid color than regular food coloring. Stir it up until the color is well blended.

I love to frost my cookies and then use a little sanding sugar from William Sonoma. Oh, they’re just so pretty. It’s a tradition my kids love and it makes the house smell great too.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Here are a few linky parties I like to participate in.

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The Comments

  • Sarah
    March 17, 2010

    What time is the party?

  • concretenprimroses
    March 18, 2010

    Yummy! They look delicious. Wish I had one right now.

  • Mary
    March 18, 2010

    What beautiful cookies! I have given up on cut-out cookies because I can't ever get them to come out right! They end up sticking to the counter or the cookie cutter. I'm going to have to try your recipe. Thanks!

  • The Katzer Family
    March 18, 2010

    Can't wait to try this recipe! They look soooo good!

  • Jessica Hills
    March 18, 2010

    Those look so yummy, and cute! Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday party tomorrow if you would like to join in!

  • MrsJenB
    March 18, 2010

    Oh my goodness I knew I should have eaten something more substantial for lunch – I am CRAVING these now! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing @ SYST!

  • fawnda
    March 18, 2010

    I love forsted sugar cookies! YUMMY!

  • Lanie Ree
    March 19, 2010

    Mmm, these look so good!

    Thank you for linking this up too!

  • Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden
    March 21, 2010

    Those look delicious! Your frosting turned out so nice too!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day at My Backyard Eden!