Soft frosted sugar cookies. Story time and baby kisses. Coloring and playing outside. Lots of laundry and cooking comfort foods on cold days. Sneaking in sewing during the quiet times (which aren’t many!) Enjoying shopping days with Grandma and Aunts. Those are words that describe my days lately. So busy, but so sweet.
It’s hard to get even little things accomplished on some days, but I’m learning that it’s okay… it won’t last forever. One day, I will actually have a seasonal project done before the season is over, but not today!
I finished this pattern for Hugs and Kisses… just a little Valentine’s Day doodle embroidery.
And as long as it’s February, I can still do all the Valentine’s stitching I want, and so can you. 😉 This was a fun, fast little project. The pattern is available here in my shop.
I mentioned that soft frosted sugar cookies had been a recent activity… so I must share our recipe for my favorite Valentine’s Day cookies, or anytime soft frosted sugar cookies! I love these cookies – perfectly soft and chewy, and frosted with the fluffiest buttercream frosting. The girls and I have made these soft frosted sugar cookies our Valentine’s Day baking tradition. Another great thing about this recipe? You don’t have to chill the dough. I’ve experimented and couldn’t tell a difference between chilled or not chilled. Both came out excellent.
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
~ Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies ~
Tip: For soft cookies, remove the cookies from the oven when the edges are firm and the tops look somewhat “dry”, but the cookie is still puffy in the center. Remove from the oven and let the cookies finish baking on the hot pan for about 5 minutes. This will finish baking the centers without over baking the cookies.
In a mixer, combine:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Beat on high for about 2 minutes, until very light and creamy. Add:
1 3/4 cups unbleached white flour
3/4 tsp. sea salt
2 tsp. baking powder
Mix on low until combined. Drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough 2 inches apart on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are firm and barely turning a golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the cookies sit on the pan for 5 minutes. Remove and finish cooling.
Happy Valentine’s Day! ~ Jessica
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