So, I may have shared this recipe before (tho I just searched my blog for a minute and didn't find it). It's so great, however, that it's worth another post.
It all started one Sunday in South Carolina. I was dying dying for some baked goods. I crawled to the cupboards. They were practically empty, real mother hubbard stuff. So I dragged myself to the internet to find a cookie recipe that required very few and very basic ingredients.
That is when I found it. The best sugar cookie recipe I've ever tried. AND it's the easiest, least fussy, least steps recipe ever. When do those things come together?? Right here.
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened (MUST be soft)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
I then frost them with a basic buttercream.
1 stick softened butter
1 lb powdered sugar
1 dash salt
1 or 2 dashes vanilla
about 1/4 cup milk
Mix butter and powdered sugar. Mix in salt and vanilla. Mix in milk a little at a time until desired consistency.
**optionally, add food coloring (this will thin the icing a bit, though, so be aware as you add the milk), or lemon or orange zest.