Iced Sugar Cookies

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These wonderful iced sugar cookies were not on my menu for the week, but when I decided we needed a craft and baking day because it is to cold to play outside, this was the perfect cookie for all of us.  Sophie asks to bake and cook with me on a daily basis, which I absolutely love, so I try to come up with recipes that she can help me with from start to finish!  So we quickly whipped up a batch of these super soft sugar cookies and the incredible buttery icing, while we waited for my niece and nephew to come over to help us ice and sprinkle.  I have to say, I am normally  a shortbread cookie kind of girl, but this sugar cookie recipe is the perfect combination of soft and sweet with a touch of almond that I love!  Enjoy

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Iced Sugar Cookie
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. Sugar Cookie
  2. 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  3. 2 tsp cornstarch
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 cup butter, unsalted @ room temperature
  7. 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature
  8. 1 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1 eggs
  10. 1 egg white
  11. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  12. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  13. Vanilla Icing
  14. 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, unsalted
  15. 5 cups powdered sugar
  16. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  17. 6 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt into a large bowl
  2. in bowl attached to mixer, combine butter, shortening and sugar and whip until pale and fluffy
  3. scrape down sides
  4. add eggs, vanilla and almond extract and mix to combine
  5. slowly add dry ingredients and mix to combine
  6. refrigerate dough for 2 hours before baking
  7. while dough is cooling prepare the icing (see below)
  8. scoop cookies into 2" balls and slightly flatten the dough
  9. bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes
  10. allow to cool before icing
  11. Vanilla Icing
  12. in mixer beat the butter and powdered sugar
  13. slowly add the milk and vanilla extract
  14. mix until creamy...add more milk if needed
  15. decorate cookies with icing and garnish with sprinkles
Adapted from Cooking Classy
Adapted from Cooking Classy
INK foods : In Nanny's Kitchen http://inkfoods.com/
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