Last year in early spring, we went to visit one of my sisters in Arizona. We had so much fun while we were there. We saw a road runner and butterflies while visiting the Botanical Gardens, and soaked up some much needed sun at the pool. It was almost Easter, so as a fun treat my sister made some sugar cookies from a recipe that she had gotten from a family member on her husband’s side. They were so good that I asked for the recipe. With Valentine’s Day coming up in a few days, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share the recipe with the world.
First, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar using a stand or hand mixer.
Add eggs and extracts and beat until just combined.
Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix well.
Scrap dough onto well-floured surface. Roll out thick.
Cut desired shaped and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 minutes, and then let cool on a wire rack.
For the frosting: Cream the butter using a stand or hand mixer on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed.
Reduce speed of mixer to low, and add the powdered sugar slowly. Mix until incorporated.
Add the vanilla and mix until combined, then increase the speed of the mixer to medium-high for around 2 minutes, or until frosting becomes light and fluffy. Add food coloring if desired.
Frost cookies and serve.