For Valentine's Day treats and gifts we got in the kitchen and made yummy sugar cookies. I got this recipe from a friend of a friend and it is the only sugar cookie I make anymore (unless it's cut and bake).
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
(I doubled the recipe for this batch of cookies).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter and sugar in mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix baking powder and flour, add one cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
DO NOT CHILL DOUGH.
Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll dough into 12-inch circle 1/8th of a inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet on top rack of oven 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned.
Once cookies have cooled, ice the cookies with a cookie glaze.
Sugar Cookie Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
2 Tablespoons water
a splash (1/2 tsp.) of almond extract, or whatever flavoring you desire)
Divide the mixture into smaller containers and stir in 2-3 drops of desired food coloring per container. You may need to add more sugar or water to get it to the consistency to spread on the cookies without it being too runny. Use paintbrushes or spoon to apply icing to cookies (we used spoons). Add sprinkles if desired.