No Roll Frosted Sugar Cookies



My 12 days of Christmas Sweets is going strong!  Here we are on day 6!  Half-way done & still some great recipes to share!  
What is Christmas without a frosted sugar cookie?  Most people are fancy & cut out their sugar cookies in cute Christmas shapes, but honestly, that brings back bad memories for me when I worked in a grocery store bakery.  Imagine sugar cookie dough, a sheeter, & lots & lots of crazy cookie cutters for huge orders.  Oh & if cutting out those cookies was long & gruesome, frosting them was even better.  Especially if they had to be air-brushed with different colors.  So let’s just say I avoid cutting out cookies at all costs.
These cookies are great!  You get the same flavors & textures of a typical sugar cookie, but with a simple round shape as your canvas for decorating.  No rolling dough & cutting out shapes.  Just a little balling of the cookie dough & a pat with your palm & you have nice, flat-topped round cookies.

No Roll Frosted Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

    Cookie:
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter (5 1/3 Tbsp)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened/room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. FOR THE COOKIES: Preheat oven to 350*F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream shortening, butter & sugar until fluffy. Add egg & extracts. Mix together.
  3. Combine baking powder, salt & flour in a separate bowl. Gradually add to wet mixture until well blended.
  4. Using a cookie scoop (I use a #50 scoop about 1 1/2 Tbsp per scoop) scoop dough balls. For best cookie results: Lightly roll dough balls in hands, place on parchment lined baking sheet & press the top of the cookie halfway down. This creates the best shape & flat top to spread frosting on compared to just scooping & placing the dough on the baking sheets. Refer to the picture provided.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are set. Allow cookies to cool after baking.
  6. FOR THE FROSTING: In a bowl with a hand mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Add vanilla & milk. Blend lightly. Add powdered sugar a cup at a time, mixing between additions. The texture should be solid, yet soft (not stiff & dry; if it's dry, add an extra tsp or so of milk.)
  7. Frost cookies & top with sprinkles, sugar crystals or other desired toppings.

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Recipe lightly adapted from RealMomKitchen

Comments

  1. says

    These look delish! Maybe you could try doing a cookie recipe for those super soft white cookies at Publix! That would be the cherry on top of your amazing blog.:)

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