The fluffiest and softest frosted sugar cookies, complete with creamy and delicious frosting. They just like, if not better, then the kind you get at the grocery store!
Keyword: Cookie Exchange, cookies, copycat
Author: Jennifer Fishkind
¼cupbutter flavored shorteningsoftened
1 ½tspbaking powder
¼tspcream of tartar
⅓cupbutter flavored shorteningsoftened
3 - 3 ½cupspowdered sugar
Pink Food Coloring drops or Pink Food Coloring Gel
In a mixing bowl add cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Whisk together. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment cream together the sugar, butter, and shortening until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract, almond extract, and the whole egg. Mix together until combined. Add egg white and continue mixing until well combined. Turn off the mixer and use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl.
Turn the mixer on low and and gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until no flour pockets remain. Cover mixing bowl with saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and use a cookie scoop to create balls of dough (abot 2-3 tbsp depending on how large you want your cookies). Place the balls of dough on the cookie sheet and use the bottom of a cup to flatten into a 1⁄2 inch thick round cookie. NOTE: An alternative method would be to roll the dough out on a flat surface to about 1⁄2 inch thick, and then use a round cookie cutter to cut out the circles. Place 6 each one one baking sheet, 6 on the other.
Place one cookie sheet in the oven and cook for 8 minutes. You want the edges to be firm without turning brown. Remove from the oven and let cool 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet. Place the other baking sheet in the oven and cook for 8 minutes.
Once cookies have cooled for 2-3 minutes remove to a cooling rack.
In a separate mixing bowl beat together the butter and shortening with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extract and continue mixing until all incorporated.
Slowly beat in 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk. Mix until combined. Repeat 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 tbsp at a time until all have been combined.
Add your choice of food coloring until the desired color is achieved.
Frost cooled cookies with a knife or piping bag. Top with sprinkles.
These cookies are thicker and have a soft fluffy texture in the middle.
When baking cookies, make sure to remove them from the oven before they start to brown.
The cookies and the dough can be put in the freezer to use at a later time!