Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

 I am still swooning over these heart shaped sugar cookies with my favorite Magnolia Bakery buttercream frosting that I make every Valentine's day. If I could keep only one buttercream recipe, this would be it. Every time we go to New York City, I have to stop at the Magnolia Bakery for a cupcake ;-)

World Famous Paradise Bakery Sugar Cookies with Magnolia Bakery Buttercream Frosting

Cookie Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups vegetable shortening
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg, beaten
3 1/3 cups cake flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1) Preheat oven to 375°.
2) In a medium bowl, cream together the sugars and shortening using an electric mixer.
 3) Mix on slow speed 30 seconds, then scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
4) Increase speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes.
5) Slowly add vanilla and beaten egg while mixing.
6) In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the mixing bowl, mixing on slow speed until just blended. Do not overmix.
 7) Scoop with an ice-cream scoop if decorating with sugar only
8) Place directly on cookie sheet.
9) Bake at 375° for 9-10 minutes. Cookies are done when small cracks appear and are pale golden. Ideally, the edges do not brown.

If making cut out cookies form dough in to two balls, chill dough in refrigerator for at least two hours covered.

Roll out dough on floured surface and cut out cookies with desired shaped cookie cutters.
Place directly on cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 9-10 minutes. Cookies are done when small cracks appear and are pale golden. Ideally, the edges do not brown.

Decorate with Buttercream Frosting or Sugar (See recipe below).

Magnolia Bakery Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Thank you so much to all of you who have sent kind condolences on my mother's passing. It is truly appreciated. My creative spirit will be back soon.

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  1. I can't help thinking of your when the words Magnolia Bakery are mentioned :) They are so pretty, Debbie!

  2. You and I must share the same sweet tooth, Debbie! I wish we could share a cookie (or two) with a cup of tea or coffee and chat the day away.

  3. Yummy and so pretty. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe. xo

  4. Oh, for cryin' out loud...how delicious must this be?!! The top photo alone got me wanting some! I am not the best when it comes to icing cookies, but you did a fabulous job on those! I'm saving the recipes for when I'm up and able to bake again. Can't wait! Happy Valentine's Day!

  5. So very pretty! I'd love a cookie like this!

  6. I am such a nut for sugar cookies. I haven't tried the Magnolia Bakery recipe yet but I sure need to! These are so beautiful. I am afraid I wouldn't stop with one though! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  7. Your recipe will be featured tonight at Foodie Friday. Your cookies look delicious! You have been in my thoughts and prayers. xxoo

  8. These look so good and the recipe for the magnolia frosting sounds yummy! Love how you frosted the cookies- perfect!

  9. Debbie, These are so tempting! I could eat one right now with my morning tea! My hubby walks through Grand Central Terminal and Rockefeller Center twice a day, every week day, and both have Magnolia Bakery locations! Very dangerous for the waistline! For Valentine's Day he brought home a dozen cupcakes and I served them to company for our dessert. I am saving your recipe for future use and can't wait to try them. It's 5 below zero right now so a batch would warm up my kitchen very nicely! Linda


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