It has been a wonderful weekend and I am still busy working away on everyone’s holiday gifts. Throughout the average school day, I typically work with anywhere from 30- 60 students. This is because I spend the school day working with varied small groups and my evenings as the school’s assistant cheer-leading coach. Today and tomorrow I will be tackling small holiday treats for each of the students I work with throughout the day. I have decided on a simple frosted sugar cookie. I will be using this recipe to give the students a holiday treat, the cheerleaders a post performance treat on Thursday, and for a cooking group I have once a week. Over the next two days I will share the cookie recipe, frosting recipe, and, for the teachers out there, a picture sequence recipe. Enjoy!
What you’ll need for day 1:
1 lb. butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 ounces cream cheese
2/3 t. vanilla extract
2/3 t. almond extract
1 t. lemon zest
6 cups flour
2 ½ t. baking powder
1 t. salt
Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Once these are blended, add the cream cheese. Add the extracts and lemon zest once the cream cheese has blended through.
Combine the dry ingredients in a large separate bowl. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. I found this was too much for the bowl of my stand mixer. I began by slowly blending everything using a wooden spoon, I then used my hands to combine all of the ingredients.
Refrigerate at least one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. After refrigerating the mix, roll small portions out and cut with cookie cutters. Arrange on baking sheet and bake in preheated oven from 6-9 minutes.
When cookies are removed from oven, let cool for a few minutes on the cookie try, then transfer to a cooling rack or paper lined counter. Store in an airtight container once cookies are completely cooled.
Results: 12 batches of delicious sugar cookies! Normally this much baking would have made me crazy; however, I found myself in some sort of Zen cookie baking place on Sunday. These sugar cookies have great flavor. Normally I don’t care for sugar cookies very much because they have an overwhelming flavor of sugar and sugar alone. These tasty treats are sweet with a perfect flavor.