For this week’s Tablescape Thurday, I created a St. Patrick’s Day themed table setting with a sugar cookie shamrock centerpiece. (St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape can be viewed in detail in this post: St. Patrick’s Day Table Setting with Shamrock Cookie Tree Centerpiece)
Sugar Cookies and Icing Recipes
Today I’m sharing the recipe for both the sugar cookies and the icing. The icing really works great for decorating cookies since it hardens quickly. Also, included in this post are printable recipes for both the cookies and the icing.
This is a super easy recipe that can be made anytime because it uses everyday ingredients we normally have in the kitchen.
After mixing up the sugar cookie dough per the recipe, I rolled it out on a floured surface and cut out the cookies using a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter. When cutting out cookies with a cookie cutter, I find it helps to stop every so often and clean off the cutter. That just helps the cookie cutter do a better job.
If you’re planning on hanging your sugar cookies like I did in yesterday’s table setting, you’ll need a hole for the hanging ribbon. After placing your cookies on a cookie sheet, before putting them in the oven punch out a little hole near the top with a drinking straw. I had wondered if the hole would close back up during the baking process, but it doesn’t. Be sure to make the hole before baking because once your cookies are baked, it would be difficult to create a hole without breaking them.
These sugar cookies can be enjoyed as is or iced for an extra treat.
Here’s a printable version of the sugar cookie recipe. Further down in this post, you’ll find a printable recipe for the icing recipe, too.
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla or almond flavoring
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups flour (all purpose)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a medium size bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg, salt and flavoring until fluffy.
- Add flour, beating until well mixed in.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
- Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness or even a little thicker if you’re planning on making a cookie tree as I did for St. Patrick’s Day.
- Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter in the shape desired.
- Place cookies on an ungreased baking sheet about 1/2 inch apart.
- If cookies will be hung with ribbon on a cookie tree, punch a small round hole near the top (not too close to the edge) with the end of a straw.
- Bake cookies 12-15 minutes.
- They are ready when the edges begin to turn brown.
For my St. Patrick’s Day table, I mixed up two batches of a powdered sugar (confectioners) icing. Like the sugar cookie recipe, this icing is super easy to make and uses ingredients most folks always have on hand. I added Wilton’s “Leaf Green” Icing Color to one batch of frosting and left the other batch white. If you wish to add sugar sprinkles to some of your cookies, do that right after frosting your cookies so the sugar will stick to the fresh frosting.
I’ve used this icing recipe many times over the years for Valentine’s Day “heart-shaped” cookies. For Valentine’s Day cookies I always color the icing different shades of red and pink. 🙂 You may remember these heart cakes I made for a Valentine’s Day breakfast post a few years back. I filled the center of the cakes with this same confectioners icing, colored in a soft shade of pink. To view this tablescape in full, click here: Valentine’s Day Breakfast
Here’s a printable version of the icing recipe.
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon of milk (I usually add more milk because this never seems like enough.)
- A few drops of almond and vanilla extract
- Icing coloring as desired (I use Wilton’s Icing Colors since it’s super concentrated)
- Mix sugar, milk and flavorings together until smooth.
- I always end up adding more milk. If you do add more, be sure to add it a little at the time so your icing isn’t too thin.
- Add icing coloring to icing a little at the time until the desired color is reached.
- Spread over cooled cookies right away since the icing sets up quickly.
- You can stir in a bit more milk if it starts to harden too quickly.
For future reference, this post can always be found under the category heading Good Eats at the top of the BNOTP blog.