Not only are these anemone flower sugar cookies cheerful and gorgeous (yes I’m totally complimenting myself) they are FREAKING THE YUMMIEST COOKIES YOU’VE EVER HAD. No, I’m serious. I don’t even ever eat the sugar cookies I make. Not because they aren’t delicious, just because I’m so over them by the time I finish them I don’t chow down. That’s one reason why I make them!
But I tried a new recipe and used my go-to favorite whipped buttercream icing…and well. HELL.
My old neighbor brought me some for Valentine’s day, and when I bit into them I put down the cookie and texted her immediately for the recipe. Then Eric and I chased each other around fighting for the cookies.
Prepare to die and go to heaven.
Recipe and instructions follow!
Really you can use any recipe you want, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe, modified from this one here. And I have made like at least 5 different sugar cookie recipes.
*Please note! These cookies are crumbly, almost fizzy sugar cookies. They are not moist, chewy cookies. That’s why I really like pairing these cookies with this whipped cake-like frosting rather than royal icing. However, I’m still going to try them with royal icing. I will report back.
MOST PERFECT SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups vegetable shortening
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg, beaten
3 to 3.5 cups flour with 1/2 cup cornstarch
(I felt like 3.5 was a tiny tiny bit dry, so you might want to start with 3 and add until not sticky)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Put all dry ingredients and powdered sugar in a bowl and whisk. In a mixer cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Slowly add the dry mixture until incorporated. Like I said, this is a drier cookie.
To chill my cookies I place about a third of the dough in-between two sheets of parchment paper and roll it out to about .5″ thick. So the dough is sandwiched between the parchment. Do this to all of the dough (with as many sandwiches as needed) and stack them on a cookie sheet in the fridge to chill for about an hour. This is a BOMB way to chill sugar cookies. Fast and easy.
Bake at 350 on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 6-9 minutes depending on your oven. I take mine out when the tops start to look stiff and maybe crack. I don’t wait for the edges to brown.
See below how crumbly the edges are? That’s why I want to try these with a little less flour. But they were still so good!
I’m not 100% sure how well they hold their shape, which is fine for round cookies. Which is what you should make for these!
WHIPPED BUTTERCREAM ICING FOR SUGAR COOKIES
the ruffles on these suckers take a lot of icing, so this is a big batch
2 cups room temp butter
8 or so cups of powdered sugar maybe more
1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup milk (or 1/2 cup milk if you don’t have heavy whipping cream)
4 tablespoons of meringue powder (so this is optional, but I think it helps make the icing hold stiff, and not smoosh and flop)
2 tsp vanilla extract
Whip all this goodness with the paddle attachment on your mixer. Until it looks like mine. Add color if you’d like. Add more sugar or milk depending on your needs. Or if you’re like me add more butter if it gets too sweet.
TO MAKE THE RUFFLES:
Load your icing into a disposable icing bag (a large zip lock with the tip cut off works just fine) fitted with a LARGE PETAL tip like this one. You can find these at specialty stores or Joann and Michael’s usually have them too! It’s what I used to make this cake!
Notice how I fold the top of the bag over to make a cuff, and how I have it in a mason jar so it won’t tip over? It’s because I’m pretty much like a pro. And that’s how it’s done.
To make the ruffles hold the WIDE part of the tip towards the INSIDE of the cookie, and hold the THIN part of tip up at an angle towards the OUTSIDE of the cookie. Think of it like this: FAT IS IN, THIN IS OUT. My life motto.
I did three circles of ruffle, and then covered the center with black sanding sugar like this stuff here.
Again, this is a frosting heavy cookie. But I like the way it looks like this, so even if I did scrape some frosting off before eating them, so what. I chilled my cookies in the frige (stacked on baking sheets) before taking them to neighbors and friends.
If you guys feel inclined to make out with me after making these, I seriously wouldn’t blame you. I hope you enjoy them. You know…