Are you a busy mom looking for easy sugar cookie recipes? We all love sugar cookies, but they can be time consuming to make.
We have a quick and easy cookie recipe that takes all the fuss out of making them. There is no creaming butter and sugar.
All you need is a food processor. Simply place your ingredients into the food processor. The dough is made in minutes at the press of a button.
Nothing could be easier.
Make your dough in advance, chill in the fridge, then when you need freshly baked sugar cookies, remove from the fridge, roll out and bake.
Combine this quick and easy sugar cookie recipe with our easy frosting recipe and you will have iced and decorated cookies in to time.
Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment or baking paper.
Place the flour and butter into the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the salt and sugar and resume processing until the mixture is just combined. But be careful not to over-process.
Lightly beat two egg yolks with the ice-cold water. Keeping the motor running, gradually add the egg yolk mixture until the mixture comes together into a glossy ball.
Remove the dough from the processor, divide the mixture into smaller portions for rolling, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured board. While rolling one portion, keep the remainder refrigerated. Roll the dough out to a ¼ inch / 6 mm thickness and cut out shapes. Remember to place the cutters as close to the edges as possible to minimise the number of times you re-roll the dough. Repeat with the remaining dough, then combine all the leftover dough and re-roll.
Place the cookies onto the baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart to allow room for spreading during baking. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
When cooked, remove them from the oven and leave on the baking sheets for 2-3 minutes to cool slightly. Using a slotted spatula transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Now it's time to ice and decorate.
This cookie glaze is a simple icing made using icing/confectioners sugar and water.
Sift the confectioners sugar into a bowl then add the vanilla essence. Gradually add the hot water and beat until the mixture is the consistency of thick cream. Add the water a few drops at a time until you have the desired consistency. If you find you have added too much water, simply add more icing sugar.
Working quickly, because glace icing sets very quickly, spread the icing thinly over the cookies and add whatever decorations you wish.
You have iced your cookies and now you are looking for decorating ideas. Go to our cookie decorating page for everything you need to know about decorating your cookies.
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