Friday, March 16, 2012

Almost - Lofthouse Cookies

I have always seen the sugar cookies in the stores, but never really noticed a name on them. My new tester-guinea pig loves sugar cookies of all kinds, and the Lofthouse are his favorites. Unfortunately, they are usually out of the budget most weeks, so when I found this recipe on Pintrest, we both jumped on it! I followed the Pin to a blog called Smells Like Home, it is a beautifully done site and I can't wait to dive into it deeper.

4+1/2 cups flour.
4+1/2 tsp baking powder.
3/4 tsp salt.
1+1/2 cups room temp unsalted butter.
1+1/2 cups sugar.
3 eggs.
5 tsp vanilla.

In bowl of mixer, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, blend well. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add to butter mixture, mixing well. Roll into ball, cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Roll and cut dough (or alternately, scoop into small balls and flatten onto cookie sheet). Bake at 350 F for ten to twelve minutes or until just set, do not over bake!! Cool on sheets for several minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely before icing.


4 to 5 cups icing sugar, sifted.
5+1/3 tbsp. melted unsalted butter.
1 tbsp vanilla.
6-7 tbsp milk (plus more, if needed).
Food colouring (optional).
Sprinkles (optional).

Mix together butter and icing sugar. Slowly add milk, 1 Tbsp at a time, until spreadable consistency. Add colour if desired. Spread on cool cookies and top with sprinkles, if desired.

I love this recipe! I did not use a drop of extra flour to roll them out. They rolled between waxed paper without a single issue. Yay! So i will be making them again just for that reason. My sugar cookie man ate about 4 straight out of the oven. They are great!

We had a few issues with the icing. It might have just been the sugar i used, but it tasted powdery. I ended up adding more butter, milk, vanilla and even a bit of almond to get rid of the powder taste. His verdict is that they are "almost", but the proper ones taste like cake as a joke i said next time I will just buy a container from the supermarket. He said that would be perfect! Men :-P

The recipe stated a yield of 27, i got 37 (and this apparently justified the 4 he ate as they came out of the oven). I still had plenty of icing leftover. It has been a week and it still sits in the fridge, I am not sure what i am going to do with it. More cookies perhaps?

They turned out very good, aside from the icing issues this is definitely worth making again and again. And i am sure they are much cheaper than at the store, priced at 5 dollars for a half dozen!

Happy Friday everyone, hope everyone had a great week!!

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