April 27, 2011

Spring Time Cookies - Tea Cups and Flowers

It's spring!  With May Day and Mother's Day right around the corner I thought I'd make one of my 'least' favorite cookies to decorate tea cups and flowers.  Although I recognize the importance of tradition and memories for families and I know from my kids and husband how much they have enjoyed and loved my cookies through the years; I do admit that I don't love making cookies and I get impatient having to decorate them.  Tea Cups and Flowers are two of my least favorite to decorate.

Last night our family's busy schedules had us coming and going at different times with track and work so I took the opportunity at dinner time to whip up some spring time cookies and then decorate them before bed.  Because I didn't have a large span of time, the detail isn't as usual and I did not use a variety of colors (I usually add a pretty mint green and pale yellow) but they are sweet and pretty and oh so delicious.  And?  Tradition continues. 

Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1 1/2 c butter, soft
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
4 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cream of tartar
1 t salt

Combine sugar and butter, beat until creamy with your electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended. Chill dough until it's easy to work with; 30-60 minutes.

On lightly floured surface roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out cookies. Bake at 350 until the edges just start to turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.  Frost.

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