i have been baking A LOT of cookies and other goodies this holiday season, but sometimes nothing hits the spot like a really good sugar cookie. iced sugar cookies are kind of the ultimate christmas treat. there are many recipes out there and after going through the good, the bad and the ugly – i do believe i have found a keeper. thank you, rae danneman of bourbon & lace and mighty swell (co-owner with the ever lovely meghan of high plains thrifter) fame for sharing the recipe!
these cookies are light, a little flakey, a little chewy and totally wonderful. i have to admit, i made one modification – i added some freshly grated lemon zest. it adds a a very subtle flavor and fun surprise to every bite.
i went 2 routes when it came down to assembling these babies. number 1) royal icing and sprinkles. who doesn’t love decorating cookies that way, right? i kept it simple with white+white sanding sugar. i LOVE the sparkling white cookies. especially since it is woefully brown outside right now, shamefully so, even – for december in MN.
i hate to play favorites, but route number 2 is a bit of a stroke of genius. pairing these lovely cookies with NUTELLA. nutella sandwich sugar cookies!!! so much cookie perfection, it’s crazy.
THE FAMOUS DANNEMAN SUGAR COOKIES
1 C butter
1 C sugar
2 T milk
2 t vanilla
3 3/4 C flour
1 t cream of tartar
1 t baking soda
*optional: 2 T lemon zest
in a bowl, whisk together all the try ingredients, set aside. use the paddle attachment on a stand mixer and cream (on medium speed) together the butter and sugar until fluffy. (on low speed) then add the eggs, one at a time, making sure it’s fully incorporated before adding the second one. next, add the milk and vanilla. lastly, add the flour, slowly, until just mixed in. divide the dough in two pieces, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least one hour. i left it overnight.
preheat oven to 350. roll out dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness and cut out to desired shapes. bake for about 12 minutes (keep an eye out – you want the edges to be JUST golden).
decorate with (lemon-y) royal icing
or nutella! (if you do the nutella, let the sandwiches sit for a few hours before eating. the nutella will soak in and soften the cookies a little bit. it makes for a sublime eating experience)
i’m going to give one lucky reader a copy of the Mighty Swell Holiday Recipes book that contains the sugar cookie recipe and many more fabulous family recipes shared by various mighty swell vendors AND you will also get a $10 gift card to spend as you please at the next sale, which is THIS THURSDAY 12/22 from 5-8pm. a little birdie told me there will be free gift wrapping and possibly some other fun specials.
*no worries if you can’t make it this week, stay tuned to the mighty swell facebook for the dates of future sales*
leave me a comment telling me about your favorite holiday treat. it’s that simple! you have until 3pm wednesday 12/21 to enter. a winner will be chosen randomly and announced wednesday night.