Did you know July 9 is National Sugar Cookie Day? That makes it the perfect time to bake a batch of pretty cookies to decorate with my kids. I already know what recipe to use. My friend Janet and I have hosted several wedding showers together this spring and summer. And she’s made a batch of these quick, no-crumble sugar cookies for every one of them. Aren’t they magnificent?
The great thing is, they taste just as good as they look. They’ve been a big hit with the guests for every event. And Janet keeps telling everybody they’re super easy to make, so I finally asked her to send me the recipe.
She did, and when I found the same recipe online, I decided to share it with my readers:
2 sticks unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Follow this link for detailed directions and/or to download a printable version of the recipe in two different batch sizes.
To make our wedding shower version, you’ll also need heart-shaped cookie cutters in various sizes. And you may also want those lovely edible pearls and silvery glitter sprinkles.
If you want to write on your cookies (like my co-hostess did on the ones pictured above), you can use this border icing recipe to do so. I’m planning to make a few batches of brightly-colored flood icing, as well, for the cookies I decorate with my kids.
Happy baking! If you try this recipe at home, send me a photo of how they turn out. I’m always looking for creative, new ideas!
Want more recipes? You can view a categorized list of my other cooking posts here: Our Favorite Recipes. Or — for even more Flanders family favorites, plus a wealth of ideas for making mealtime memorable — get a copy of my book Sit Down & Eat.
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