Foodie Friday: Cookies in the Summer

Today’s post comes from editor Cat Poland, who doesn’t mind a messy kitchen after baking with four children. It was messy to begin with!

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When I think of pulling warm, gooey cookies out of the oven, I typically think of chilly, dreary days outside. But today, when I had a houseful of girls ages seven through two, baking and decorating cookies seemed like the perfect thing to do. Each girl took turns adding ingredients, and took delight in smearing colored frosting and a variety of sprinkles onto each sweet, round dessert. It probably wouldn’t have passed health code (many fingers were licked in the process, in spite of my reprimands), but they’re some of the best sugar cookies we’ve ever made. While cookie baking may not be a normal part of your summer food routine, there’s no reason why it can’t be! (Unless you’d just rather not heat up your kitchen, in which case you can hang on to this recipe for the fall or winter.) 🙂

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Sugar Cookies:

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar (granulated)

1 egg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla until well combined.

In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together, then add gradually to wet ingredients and continue to mix.

Form dough into 1-inch balls about 3 inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Vanilla Butter Frosting (from: http://www.food.com/recipe/vanilla-butter-glaze-200066)

3 Tbsp. melted butter

2 1/4 cup powdered sugar (+ a bit more)

3 Tbsp. water

1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. This is supposed to be a glaze, but I kept adding a little more powdered sugar until it was a thicker consistency. Then, I divided it into four small bowls, and added different food coloring to each bowl.