Sunday, February 12, 2012

Best Sugar Cookies

I had a laid back, relaxing weekend.  I am absolutely loving being done classes, and just doing work on my thesis.  It is far less demanding of my time and energy and I am free to spend much more of my time doing what I want to do.  This weekend included dinner with friends, a road trip to visit my mom, and lounging around the house.  

Eats have been great over the last few days.  These were the highlights ...

 

Mmmmm, gotta love extra crispy bacon, perfectly cooked in the oven.  No mess bacon that snaps right in half - just how I like it!

This evening I baked a bunch of cookies for my students' valentines treat bags.  They will dry overnight and I will bag them tomorrow.

I think that these are the best sugar cookies ever!

Best Sugar Cookies

- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2.5 cups flour

Cream the butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Add the dry ingredients and mix.  Cover dough and refrigerate for an hour (or more).  Roll about 1/4 inch thick or a little more, cut, and bake for 6-8 minutes at 400.

These cookies are soft and delicious and by far the best sugar cookies I have ever had.  I decorated them with royal icing (5 T meringue powder, 1 tsp cream of tarter, 3/4 cup warm water, 5 cups icing sugar) that I coloured with pink paste colour.  I added water to thin the icing out for flooding.

 

I am looking forward to this week because it is my last week before holidays! 

Are you making any valentines treats?
How was your weekend?  What was the highlight?

14 comments:

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said...

They look wonderful and I know you're not even a cookie person and for you to say they're the best, then they're...the best!

Simply Life said...

oh those cookies look PERFECT!

mymarblerye said...

those cookies look so cute!! Glad you had a great laid back weekend!! No treats for me...YET...v day is tomorrow and I wonder if the hubs will surprise me...

Kacy said...

I use my grandma's recipe for sugar cookies and this looks very similar. I bet they're great!

Darci said...

your cookies look SO goood!!

we make valentine treats yesterday...simple pretzel, hug, & an M&M.

Anne Marie said...

Those cookies look awesome! My two boys were sick over the weekend so my highlight was when everyone felt better!

Kelly said...

Those cookies look like heaven!

Happy Valentines! :)

Laura said...

Cute V-Day cookies! When I was little I went to a primary school that had less than 120 kids... my Mom baked cookies that looked exactly like yours - one for every kid in the school. And people wonder why I love to bake, haha! Happy Heart Day!!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Aw, that was sweet of you to make cookies for your students! I did not make any Valentine's Day treats... But i bought some girl scout cookies (which I can't eat because of my gluten intolerance) and told my co-workers to eat them, so I guess that is my sort-of valentine's day treat for the week!

caloricandcrazy said...

those oats with the choco chips and craisins? LOVE! :)

AikoVenus said...

I'm not really making any "treats" but I have added a few more fruits to my lunches for everyone to share than normal - and I'm making them all heart themed. I would say that overall my weekend has been pretty good. ^^ Happy Valentine's day!

Lisa @ The Gonzo Gourmet said...

Happy Valentine's Day! I had eggs on toast the other day too ... but wished I had some bacon, like you! I haven't tried making bacon in the oven but it has to be easier (and less messy) than the stove.

Vanessa said...

Extra crispy bacon is the BEST!

For Valentine's Day, I'm making chocolate-covered strawberry "kabobs" for my husband. =)

Allysia said...

You're such a nice teacher, I didn't give my students any valentine's day treats. I just demanded they practice piano more, mua ha ha! :P