Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies - with a twist

This is a Brown family favorite. And by "Brown family" I'm including Josh's parents and grandparents in the mix. We're serious about sugar cookies. And no, not the fancy type with colorful frosting and shapes (although they could be fancied up, if you were interested). They're pretty basic, and simply irresistible. We make these every time we're together, and collectively gain a good 10 pounds.


What makes these sugar cookies so good?
A) A solid cookie recipe. Basically, you need a sweet, soft, chewy base for the frosting.
B) Cream cheese frosting - as in, the kind you'd use for carrot cake!

Prior to marrying into this family, I'd have never thought of such a combination. But I'm a convert now.

1/2 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
1/2 t vanilla
2 eggs
2 C flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1 T milk
extra butter and sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar together, and then add vanilla and eggs. Mix together. Little by little, add the flour, and then toss in baking powder and salt. Add milk and mix some more. Add more flour if necessary for the sake of consistency. We usually don't need any.

Then use your hands to pull a wad of dough out of the bowl. Roll into 3/4 inch balls, and set 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.

Take a water glass (or something else with a smooth, flat bottom) and grease the bottom of it with butter. Pour some sugar onto a salad plate, and pound the glass on the sugar plate a couple of times. Use this to flatten the balls of dough, and be sure to reload with sugar on a regular basis. Bake for about 10 minutes - just before they start getting brown.

(we like lots of frosting 'round here, so tend to double this recipe)
1/2 C butter, softened
3 oz cream cheese
1 t vanilla
16 oz powdered sugar
some milk for consistency

Beat first three ingredients together. Add sugar bit by bit, and add some milk if necessary.

Once the cookies have been out of the oven for a few minutes, they're ready to frost.



The last time we made these, Josh took the liberty of adding M&M's to his cookies. It was a successful experiment.



Jenni S. said...

Oh my word, those look delicious. And cream cheese frosting...one of my favorite frosting flavors!!! Thanks for posting this!

LifeAtTheCircus.com said...

These sound wonderful! I can't wait to givem em a try! Can you use this dough recipe for shaped sugar cookies also or is it better to stick with the circles?

Simply Sara said...

I never would have thought to use cream cheese frosting, but I am definitely going to now!

Rachel Slagle said...

wow! those sound delish!

SnoWhite said...

that sounds wonderful! I love cream cheese frosting -- and, atop a chewy cookie... yum.

Mark and Christine said...

The cookies look great! Will definitely have to give these a try!

Erika said...

ANYTHING with cream cheese frosting is better - I'm right there with ya! And we'll definitely be praying for the adoption process. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop :) We're excited to see what God will do!

Lynn said...

Yum! I love sugar cookies (only if their soft), and all things cream cheese.

Kristen said...

yum... and cream cheese frosting my favorite!

Ali said...

I just found this recipe and I think it's going to be very very very dangerous.