Thursday, February 14, 2013

Kneaders Sugar Cookie Love

So, been some time since I last posted.  Thought I'd share one of the sugar cookie recipes that I have on hand.
If you have ever been to Kneaders Bakery you will probably have had one of these sugar cookies.  If you've only had their healthier fare, then it's totally your loss. YUM!
I will freely admit that mine don't look as pretty as theirs do, but they are still dee-lish!
So here is the recipe:

Kneaders Sugar Cookies

2 cups butter
2 1/4 cups sugar

4 large eggs
1 cup milk

7 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp lemon flavor
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 Tbsp honey

1. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
2. Add eggs, then milk. Scrape the side of the bowl often.
3. Stir in remaining ingredients. Dough will be soft and sticky.
4. Place dough on well floured pastry cloth or workspace.
5. Knead in just enough flour to make the dough workable.  Dough will be very soft.  It is best to knead with a rolling motion so you have a smooth surface and you will not get cracks on the tops of your cookies.
6. Gently roll out to 3/8 inch thick.
7. Cut into desired shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
8.  Bake at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes or just until the edges barely start to change colors. (You can bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes....see what works best for you.  I do the lower temp).
Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Then....the best part.....ICING

4 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp corn syrup
3 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp lemon flavor

1. Mix together all ingredients until smooth.
2. Dip the surface of the cookie in icing, lift out and smooth with side of palm of hand.
3. Let set.
4. Decorate with additional frosting, candy, sprinkles etc.

Notes:  If you don't like lemon, feel free to leave out the lemon from the icing.  I sometimes do.  Also, if you want candies to stick well, don't let it set too much....they won't stick.

These are great for parties because they stack well in containers.

And since this recipe makes about 4 dozen, you might just want to use containers to give them away.  Enjoy!