Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sugar Cookies

Last night was cooking club. Every month we pick a different theme and get together to swap recipes, sample, and chat. This month was cookies and I was a big loser and forgot my recipe, so I'm just going to post it here instead. I made sugar cookies and in honor of this fabulous time of year, I did footballs. Don't look closely, I know my lines aren't straight, and my frosting job isn't up to par. Oh well. They still taste great!

I'm somewhat of a jock. I teach weight and spin classes at a local gym, am really big into triathlons, and will be running my first half marathon in about 7 weeks. This whole crafty, creative world is new to me. I enjoy the usual greats..March Madness, NBA Finals, World Series, Tennis Grand Slams, and Golf Majors, but my true passion is football. Have I ever mentioned beore how much I LOVE football? Seriously! I hear the Fox NFL Football song and get chills. I love college football as well, but there is nothing quite like the NFL for me. I've been to 3 NFL games in my life, and they were each some of the best days of my life. Kick-off week was this past week and for the next 5 months, my hubby and I are in sports heaven.

So that was probably WAY more than you wanted to know. Here's the recipe:

Sugar Cookies

1 cube butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
6 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and almond extract. Add soda, powder, salt, and flour. Roll and cut into shapes. Bake at 350° 7-10 minutes.

1 cup shortening
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. almond extract
4 ½ cups powdered sugar
3-4 T. milk

Beat shortening, vanilla, and extract with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Slowly add half of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 T. of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar and enough remaining milk to reach spreading consistency.

Note: To make the brown frosting as pictured above, I added 2 T. of unsweetened cocoa and a little bit more milk.


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