This unusual recipe called Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies was given to me by another blogger. Her daughter, Kelly, thinks these are the absolute best! And these cookies are a little different. Butter flavored shortening and a couple of tablespoon of pancake or maple syrup give them a thick, soft texture and a firm "shell".
Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
- ½ cup Butter Flavored Crisco
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or pancake syrup
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 6.8 oz
- ⅜ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 ½ tablespoons butter softened
- 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons whole milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a large mixing bowl using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the shortening and sugar until creamy. Add egg, syrup and vanilla; beat well. By hand, gradually add flour mixture until blended.
- Shape dough into balls and roll in sugar OR leave plain if using frosting. For flatter cookies, press the dough down. For fat rounds, keep the cookie dough in balls. Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on size and thickness of dough balls. Be careful not to over-bake. Cool 2 minutes, then remove from cookie sheets to cool.
- To make the frosting, beat the sugar and butter together with an electric mixer. Add milk as needed (starting with 1 ½ tablespoons and working up) and continue beating until creamy. Beat in the vanilla.