You, guys, I’m old…
Really old. So old that Beardy Boyfriend now has friends who are having babies. Trust me, this news was disconcerting! BUT obviously, we’re super excited for them and obviously, as everyone knows, the best way to show someone how excited you are for them is baking. Everyone thinks that, right? Maybe.
I was torn between cake pops and sugar cookies (Bakerella has some amazing baby-oriented cake pops), but finding these cookie cutters at TK Maxx really cinched it. I decided to go with sugar cookies! This is the recipe for the Christmas themed sugar cookies that I’ve been making with Beardy mum since forever, but depending on cookie cutters, these are great for any time of the year!
Basic Beard Sugar Cookies
Ingredients: (now remember, as an old Beardy family recipe, this is is in American measures)
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (not pictured)
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (not pictured)
2 3/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Once it’s all combined, pop the dough in the fridge overnight in order to harden. The next day, roll the dough out (being sure to flour generously) and spread with rolling pin, cutting out various shapes. Heat the oven to 170C and bake the cookie cutouts until they’re golden brown at the edges.
You can see what it looks like when it’s done.
The frosting is a bit more difficult to explain, because you are playing it by ear quite a bit. I basically add milk to icing sugar until it’s just the right consistency – spreadable but doesn’t drip off the cookie. Particularly important as you will most likely be colouring it and adding sprinkles.
Anyone have any cool cookie cutters available? Would love to hear from you! And congratulations to Stephen and Diana!