July 17, 2012

Ann's Sugar Cookies (THE BEST)

These are by far the most amazing, soft, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies in the entire world. Seriously...no, SERIOUSLY. This recipe is one of my mother-in-law's gems. Give these a try today, you won't be sorry.
As and added bonus you can freeze these bad boys for later. This is good if you are having a big party, have a tendency to eat all the cookies you bake in one sitting or just want to save some for later.

1 lb. margarine, room temperature
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
6 cups all-purpose flour

1 square margarine (8 tbsp)
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups of powdered sugar
If needed: splash of milk to bring the frosting to the consistency you like.

Mix the margarine, eggs, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Add the baking powder and flour and mix well. The dough will be very soft.

Dump the dough out on a well floured surface and roll to a little over 1/4 inch. Cut out with your favorite cookie cutter and place on a greased baking sheet (I use bakers joy spray - AWESOME stuff).

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, for 5 - 7 minutes.  You do not want these to brown so make sure you check at 5 minutes and then evaluate how much time you'll need to add. A good way to check the cookies is by lifting one cookie off the sheet and looking at the bottom. It should start to crisp and have little circles/air bubbles on the bottom.  After they are finished baking let cool.

After the cookies have cooled mix together one square of melted margarine, vanilla and powdered sugar. At this point you can also add fun colors. If the frosting is too thick add a splash of milk. If the frosting is too thin add a little powdered sugar until it become the consistency you like.

If freezing be sure to let the frosting harden a bit before stacking the cookies on top of each other. This can be done by putting them in the refrigerator or by letting them sit out on the counter until fully cooled.

RECIPE: Ann, the wonderful mother-in-law.