Frosted Sugar Cookies

November 20th, 2008

Although I missed the actual date, this little blog is now over a year old!

And what a year it was. Since last fall, I’ve posted over 150 recipes, mastered dishes and techniques I would have thought inconceivable until lately, and, of course, loved every minute of it (except this one).

I have also run a marathon, gotten engaged, moved, and started a new job, in that order. I’ve made cakes, cookies, breads, crackers, souffles, salads, pastries, puddings (ok, mousses), ice creams, sorbets, soups, pancakes, and eggs.

I have cooked a lot with figs. Also with mushrooms (a lot!).

My photos have gone from blindingly horrific to I think, quite lovely.

This site’s readers started out as 1) myself, constantly hitting refresh, 2) my loyal food-loving sister, and 3) my parents and fiance, whom I subscribed to the feed without their permission (which left them with no clue of how to unsubscribe on their own — devious!). It now gets thousands of visitors every day, and about half a million over the year (!).

And the part that I love the most: thousands of comments from you guys, not counting the countless twitter messages and emails with questions and thoughts. I’ve gotten to know so many new people, and even had my real-life friends and colleagues make these recipes! I have had so much fun, and thank you, thank you, thank you guys for reading! I promise that in the coming year, there will be even more great recipes, and hopefully, some exciting changes. This blog has a neverending learning curve, but I am up to the challenge.

So, happy birthday, Sugarlaws. And to celebrate, some delicious, colorful, and shockingly sweet, frosted sugar cookies.

Frosted Sugar Cookies

For the Cookies

2 sticks butter, softened (1 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp heavy cream
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 generous tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and stir in the vanilla and heavy cream. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt, and mix them into the wet ingredients.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/4 inch in thickness (roll in two shifts if your counter isn’t big enough). Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Icing

4 cups confectioners sugar (1 box)
1 stick butter
1/3 cup milk, or more as needed
1 tsp vanilla extract
Food Coloring

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 if desired. Spread icing on the cookies with a pastry bag or squeeze bottle, or dilute with additional milk for a pouring consistency.

Tags: desserts · food

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RecipeGirl // Nov 20, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Fun recap.  Sounds like your year has been the best!

    What a great way to celebrate… with pretty, decorated cookies!

  • 2 mimi // Nov 20, 2008 at 9:46 am

    happy blog bday sugarlaws! i remember i found your blog just about the time i started mine, and thought yours was great. congrats on all the big changes as well!

  • 3 Maria // Nov 20, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Happy blog birthday to you!! So fun!! I love all of your posts, keep them coming!

  • 4 Kristen // Nov 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Happy Belated Bday!  I’m so proud of you and I always mention your food blog to all of my friends, co-workers, random German ex-pats I meet around the world….

    I’m finally coming home.  Hang out next week?

  • 5 Happy Cook // Nov 20, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Beautiful and colourfull cookies.
    Send it to susan of Foodblogga for her christmas cookie event.

  • 6 Erin // Nov 20, 2008 at 11:18 am

    These look beautiful!  Congratulations on a year of blogging!

  • 7 ttfn300 // Nov 20, 2008 at 11:54 am

    CONGRATS!!!  so exciting, and what a year 🙂

  • 8 zestycook // Nov 20, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Congratulations on a great Year!  I love your cookies


  • 9 VeggieGirl // Nov 20, 2008 at 12:19 pm


    Those cookies are tooooooo cute!!

  • 10 Joanna // Nov 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Happy blog birthday Katy!  Wanna send some cookies my way? 😉

  • 11 adele // Nov 20, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Happy bloggiversary!

  • 12 Kim // Nov 20, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Congrats! I never comment but I always visit your site and LOVE everything you do!  You’ve got a good thing going here.

    Here’s to many more. *clink*

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  • 14 Nujoi // Nov 21, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Happy blog birthday! Here’s to many more years of great food!

  • 15 Pearl // Nov 21, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Oh my gosh!  Those cookies are adorable!  Hopefully we can keep in touch through our blogs – I really look forward to all of your posts and your pictures – they’re lovely!

  • 16 Katherine // Nov 22, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Happy birthday, sugarlaw(s)! I’m actually surprised it’s just a year, because for some reason it seems like longer. I guess I was also here from the beginning (I willingly signed up for the feed once you made that an option.) You’re right that the pictures used to be pretty bad, but now they are amazing.

    As for these cookies, I think they are very “Katy” with the bright colors, tons of frosting on each one, and a box of confectioners sugar as an ingredient. I remember when we used to get cupcakes from the Choate dining hall and eat just the frosting.

  • 17 Cynthia // Nov 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Happy first birthday! It is never too late for a celebration.

  • 18 heather // Nov 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    well congrats on your blog’s 1st birthday!  soon it will be all grown up 🙂 these cookies look tasty 🙂

  • 19 Emily // Nov 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    These cookies are so fun, and so artfully finished!!

    Am I loyal to food or to you?? haha…I suppose both!!

  • 20 Emily // Nov 22, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I second katherine on the very Katy esque nature of the recipe…I’m not quite sure how you are so small and still manage to enlist the help of one box of confectioners sugar as an ingredient!!

  • 21 Paula // Nov 23, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Congrats on your blogs birthday!! I love the little dog cookies! adorable:)

  • 22 Jessica R. // Nov 23, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Congrats Katy!  I’m so in awe of your blog!  (By the way — this is Jess Manley aka Jess R. now :-))

  • 23 Marc @ NoRecipes // Nov 24, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Congratulations on making it to a year. I still have a ways to go, but I’m workin on it:-)

  • 24 Donald // Nov 24, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Congrats on your belated blogoversary Katy!

  • 25 megan // Nov 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    baking and decorating sugar cookies with my mom is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. happy blog birfday 🙂

  • 26 Michelle // Nov 25, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Congratulations on your milestone!  I’ve loved watching your blog grow, and it serves as an inspiration to me and my own blog!

    Now… You’ve been tagged!

  • 27 Joy // Nov 28, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Happy Blog Anniversary!!! 🙂

    Has it only been a year? I feel like you’ve been blogging for a long time! And I mean that in a good way. 😉 You’ve shared so many awesome recipes with us — thank YOU!

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