The birds are chirping, people outside my New York flat are laughing and all seems to be right with the world. Then as I was pondering the meaning of life it hit me what if sugar is the main ingredient behind Love?
Think about it, when you were little and you did a good job in school or won that volleyball game, your parents showed their love and support by taking you to get ice cream.
Or how about that time when it was your 7th birthday and your Mom showed her love by staying up till 2:30 AM baking all of those cupcakes for you to bring to school. By the way thanks to the best Mom in the whole world. Now that I am getting older pushing 25 years I really appreciate all the effort you put in, heck screw the older crap even when I was younger I loved and appreciated you baking all of those cupcakes for my birthdays. Please send me some in the mail this month for my birthday pretty please!
I even would sneak a few extra for myself after I passed them out to all the kids, I guess honesty is the best policy even after all of these years right? Anyways, I digress… what I am trying to say is “Sugar is the main ingredient of love, it is sweet like love, it brings you happiness like love, and there is seemingly always more to go around, just like love.”
So today behold, here is one of our family recipes. It came to my Mom almost 20 years ago through her best friend Kim. These cookies are called drum roll please….. Kim’s World Famous Cut Out Cookie’s. OK so I may or may not have added the world famous line but either way ladies and gentlemen this recipe is what dreams of sheer delight are made of. This is LOVE!
I grew up in Indiana feasting on this sweet love cookie. To this day it happens to be my favorite sugar cookie and call it nostalgia or call it love, it is damn fine and I know you will enjoy these with your friends, loved ones, and random people you meet on the street. Be sure to pack extra bags to give away as little LOVE BOMBS.
SHINE ON from NYC
HIYA SUGAR, SUGAR COOKIES
1 ½ cups of Butter room temperature (this amounts to three sticks)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and vanilla, and then alternately add flour and salt mixture slowly. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut out your design with your hand cut out patterns, be it hearts, stars, or circles. Bake 8 -10 minutes in a 350 degree oven, just until slightly golden on top. This recipe makes 5 dozen cookies.
¼ cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar (also known as powdered sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cream evaporated milk (or almond milk)
Cream together butter and sugar (3 minutes or so) next, stir in Vanilla, add cream gradually add beat until frosting is of right consistency for decorating or spreading.