I’m typically of the opinion that sweets without chocolate are simply not worth the calories. But years ago I started making an easy, basic–but very yummy–sugar cookie for my son. The recipe originally came with a bunny-shaped cookie cutter, and since my husband’s mother has collected bunnies for him since he was born decades ago, I knew this would be the recipe for us. I’ve altered it slightly through time, and rarely cut them in the shape of bunnies anymore, but they will always live on in infamy as our “Bunny Cookies.”
1 c salted butter
2/3 c sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp salt
2-1/2 c all-purpose flour
- Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth; add the beaten egg. Once combined, add in the vanilla, salt and flour; mix until everything’s smooth (this is a THICK batter). You may need to add a splash of milk to bind everything … that’s okay, too.
- Chill the dough for 2 – 3 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll out the dough to the thickness you prefer (we roll it to about 1/8″), then cut out your fun shapes. (In honor of Halloween, we cut out cat heads, and my son topped them with purple icing.)
- Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
- Let cool, then ice and decorate.
3/4 c sifted confectioner’s sugar (10x)
1 T melted butter
1 T skim milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp lemon juice
- Whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Ice your cookies!
PS. These freeze really well, and friends and family who receive them as gifts will bestow upon you great accolades and gratitude.