FarmHouse Sugar Cookies (made into Ninjas!)
This sugar cookie comes from the Farm Journal. We have used this one as our go to sugar cookie forever. It is good with royal icing, or buttercream.
1 1/4 cups soft butter (2 1/2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375. I only lined the baking sheets with parchment to make clean up easy. They don't stick to an ungreased pan
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
Add alternately with the milk to the creamed mixture. Begin and end with the flour. If the dough is sticky, add more flour till dough is smooth and no longer sticky. Use only 1/2 cup at a time of flour.
Roll out 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured board. Use your favorite cookie cutter to cut out what ever shapes make you happy
Place cookies on baking sheet. Add any decorations you want to have baked on now.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until just very lightly brown.
Makes about 5 to 6 dozen cookies. I made 3 1/2 dozen ninjas, and froze about 1/3 of the dough in disks to use later.
I decorated the cookies with Paula Deen's Edible Paint Recipe. It is wonderful to work with. LOVE it!
Paula Deen's Edible Paint
1/4 cup cold water (I add 1/4 teaspoon of any flavoring I am going to use to the water)
3 tablespoons meringue powder (I used Wilton brand)
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
any color you are going to use.
Combine water (flavored or not) with the meringue powder. Whisk till foamy. Whisk in powdered sugar.
USE ASAP. This hardens up fairly quickly.
I found a new to me color to make real red and beautiful blacks. AmeriColor. The stuff works great!