Here she is... my beautiful niece Payton Randall born on March 27th to my brother and sister-in-law. Welcome little one!
I am now sharing another one of the wonderful baby shower treats and one of the best sugar cookies ever!
These cookies are those amazing cookies you can buy at the grocery store, they are called Lofthouse Sugar Cookies, not sure if this is the exact recipe, I am just copying, from another copy, but I will say they taste just like them. I made a few different versions and am only posting the one we like the best.
Lofthouse Sugar Cookies, copy cat recipe
found at Two Peas and Their Pod; originally from Recipe Secrets
6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups sour cream
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and sour cream and beat at low speed until combined.
Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. Dough will be a little sticky and that is ok. Divide dough into two sections. Flatten into rectangles about 1-1/2 inches thick, then wrap with plastic wrap or wax paper. Chill in the refrigerator overnight or for at least two hours.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
Lightly flour the counter top and the top of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out the cookies and place on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 7 minutes, until cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Immediately transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Cool cookies completely before frosting.
originally from Recipe Secrets
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tbsp milk (or more if needed)
1 tsp vanilla extract (or for an almond taste use almond extract instead of vanilla)
Food coloring, optional
Sprinkles, a MUST!
In a large bowl, cream together the confectioners sugar and shortening until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring. To decorate frost and sprinkle. Allow frosting to set, then store in an air-tight container.