Project Pink: Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

by Elizabeth on October 30, 2011 · 10 comments

in desserts, recipes

A fellow blogger, Marilyn from The ArtsyGirl Connection, got in touch with me to see if I would be interested in writing a post and doing some sort of project to help raise awareness for breast cancer.

Everyone probably knows someone who has had breast cancer.  My mother has had several friends, some of my friends’ moms, aunts, and grandmothers, and only last month a very sweet lady I work with was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is currently undergoing radiation after two surgeries.  Her prognosis is good and they caught it early, but it’s still cancer.  It’s still scary.

I decided that instead of writing about warning signs, running races, raising money, and doing monthly self-checks (which I hope you all are doing!), I would just simple dedicate this post and these cookies to Margaret.  We’re all cheering for you!!

Recipe: Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
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4.5 cups flour
4.5 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 sticks (1.5 cups) butter, softened
1.5 cups of sugar
3 eggs
5 teaspoons vanilla extract

5 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1/3 (a little over 5 tablespoons) melted butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
7-8 tablespoons milk, plus more if needed
Food coloring and sprinkles, optional

In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together; set aside.  Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Beat in eggs, one at time, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Beat in vanilla.  Gradually mix in the flour on low speed.  Wrap the dough in greased plastic wrap and chill for an hour.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease baking sheets or line with parchment.  Separate the chilled dough into 24 equal pieces and roll each into a ball.  Place on baking sheets 2-3 inches apart and press down lightly to flatten a little.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are just beginning to brown.  Don’t over bake!  Cool on the sheets for a few minutes and then transfer to racks to cool completely.

To make the frosting: Whisk all the ingredients together.  If the icing is too stiff, add more milk slowly.  Dye the frosting if desired and frost cookies.  Sprinkle with sprinkles if you like!

Cook’s note: I only used about 3/4 of the frosting.  So you may either want to frost your cookies more heavily than I did or cut down the frosting slightly.

-Adapted from Annie’s Eats

I also made some for Halloween!

 This post is linked to The Artsy Girl Connection Project Pink Blog Day.  Go check out some of the other fabulous posts!

This post is also linked to Tasty Tuesday and These Chicks Cooked.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christina October 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

The cookies look great…I bet they sure are yummy! Best wishes to Margaret!


2 Elizabeth October 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

They are delicious. I think I’ve three so far today. 🙂


3 Marilyn October 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Yummmy.. These look absolutely DELISH.. YUM.. THANK YOU SO MUCH for joining in Project Pink Today. It means SO much to me and I am very grateful you joined in with all the wonderful women today to make this day such an amazing and beautiful awareness day.. TY TY SO MUCH!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.. ~Marilyn


4 Elizabeth October 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm

You’re welcome! Thanks inviting me to participate!


5 reese October 31, 2011 at 12:50 pm

All I think about when I look at these are those fabulous frosted sugar cookies that they sell in the grocery stores around holiday-times. And I hold off eating them… but I really might have to make these. I would love some fun-colored frosting ;p


6 Elizabeth October 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm

They are pretty much an exact homemade replica of those cookies. But they taste so much better and no where near as artificial.

I tried twice to dye frosting pink, but gave up. Gel food coloring doesn’t like me all that much.


7 Shauna@Satori Design for Living November 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

The cookies you made look amazing. I think it’s great that you did something to support your friend!


8 Jami @ An Oregon Cottage November 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I’m a sucker for soft cookies and this is great to be able to change it up depending on the season- thanks!


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