Thursday, January 21, 2010

Italian Butter Cookie Recipe for Cut Out Cookies

One of my favorite cut out cookies for kind of holiday . You can make Christmas, Halloween, Valentines, anything you want. These are just a great dough so versatile to work with.

 As a kid you always had a favorite color and saying that was your special heart for that someone special. I loved all the white ones that tasted like pineapple. They always seemed to be the ones that said I'm Yours!.... a one man woman I am for sure!

I have seen several cookies made with the Royal icing that you just dip into the bowl and its perfect and smoothly iced, but this is a butter cream frosting and taste so much better. I love the taste of the icing on the cookies. Plus tinted color and in the will surely bring back some old school day memories.

Cookies that say I love you, are always the best, a meaningful way to give your family that special treat and personal message.

The icing is so simple, you just need a variety of food coloring and flavoring. Raspberry, Mint, and Strawberry, Pineapple . The blue ones are the Raspberry, did you guess that?

Easy to cut out and bake in a 350 oven a very buttery cookies, be certain to transfer to wax paper as they are a delicate cookie.

The dough works much better when chilled first.

2 cups all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

1 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Mix all together and refrigerate overnight or for at least one hour. Roll out cut into shapes of your choice and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 350 for 8 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.

Frost in various colors of food coloring. Red, Green, Blue, Yellow. Flavoring to correspond to these are Strawberry (red) (one drop each of food coloring) Mint (green) Raspberry (blue) Pineapple (yellow) You can find these flavorings in any baking section in your grocery store.

Frosting recipe you will need

parchment bags with number 2 Wilton's writing tip(round hole) for writing on cookies you can also use piping gel if you like or premade in the tube at the grocery stores.

2 1/2 cups of confectionery sugar
flavorings above
food coloring
1/4 cup of water
1/3 cup of white Crisco shortening
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of dry powdered milk
Beat until smooth, add more water if too stiff, needs to spread easily.

Separate into bowls coordinate food coloring and flavoring in each bowl . Make more or the color you are going to write valentines scripts with. Frost cookies let dry for about an hour. Take a parchment bag, fill with darker colored frosting to write various saying.

Option for those of you that don't care for frosting try using white chocolate coating, melted by directions in the microwave, add flavorings and food coloring..
Here are what you can do if it was Christmas...
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