Friday, October 11, 2013

DIY Kisses and Hugs Cookies

Send your love ones some hugs and kisses for Sweetest Day. These sweet sugar cookies are a simple way to let them know you love them on Sweetest Day, Valentines Day, your anniversary or anytime of the year.

This sugar cookie and icing recipe paired together beautifully, but if you already have your own family favorites feel free to use those instead.

I didn't have X and O cookie cutters, so I simply cut the dough into even strips and placed two short strips perpendicular on top of one another and pressed down to form an X. For the O I used two different size jars to cut the outside and inside edges of the ring.

This can also be a fun project to do together with kids. Kids love cutting out sugar cookies and painting them.

Do be sure to let the sugar cookies cool completely before icing, and the icing harden completely before stacking or serving for best presentation.

Homemade Roll Out Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • Milk (if the dough is too dry)
  1. Cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients, incorporating flour about 1 cup at a time.
  4. If the dough is too dry add milk one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator a couple of hours or overnight. I did find that with all real butter though I had to let the dough soften up a bit after chilling it overnight.
  6. Roll small sections of dough at a time to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 400F for 6-8 minutes, until edges just begin to brown.

Powdered Sugar Icing Recipe

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk
  • Food coloring if desired
  1.  Place powdered sugar is a small mixing bowl and add milk a Tbsp at a time until a nice consistency. Stir until smooth. Add food coloring if desired.
  2. Drizzle or paint cooled cookies with a food safe brush. Sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles if desired.
  3. Allow to harden for 1 hour before stacking or serving.

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