Holiday Recipes: Butter Cookies
There are sugar cookies. And then there are good sugar cookies. And then there are butter cookies. Need I go on? I made these for Halloween, but they are an anytime cookie- just change the decorations. Oh, and yes, everyone loves them, adults and kids alike. This recipe is for you, Alex.
1/2 pound butter (yes, you read that correctly)
2/3 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
2 tbs cream or half & half
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
Preheat oven to 350° Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, then almond and vanilla. Mix in flour. Dough will be stiff and sticky. Roll out onto a floured surface (I never use a rolling pin, just pat it out with my hands) and cut cookies into desired shapes. Bake 12-15 minutes. Let cookies cool before icing.
3 cups powdered sugar
4 tsp powdered egg whites (or meringue powder)
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
Combine sugar though vanilla in a bowl. Beat with a mixer on medium-high 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice and beat another 2-3 minutes. Keep covered with a a damp towel or with a secure lid until ready to use- icing will harden quickly.