During the hours that lead up to midnight, we watch tv or movies, eat snacks, or play games. The kids also do a craft. Last year, it was painting Christmas ornaments that my mother-in-law stored until Christmas time this year. I decided we could decorate sugar cookies. I already knew which cookies I was going to bake. The problem was what kind of frosting was I going to make for the cookies. I didn't want a glaze that would be super messy and I didn't want anything that would be too difficult to frost a cookie with.
I finally found the recipe at Allrecipes.com. It was super easy to put together using my Kitchen aid mixer.
After I whipped up the frosting, I put it into 4 seperate containers and then added different food dye to the frosting so they could have different colors. When I handed each of them a container of frosting, they stayed with that one color with the exception of the Imaginative One.
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(I made the some of the cookies into the shape of vampire teeth because I thought the boys would enjoy decorating those. They also decorated the cookies on placemats so there would be less mess to clean up. The sprinkles I had were Valentine themed ones so my nephew used those on his sugar cookies.)
Here is the recipe:
Sugar Cookie Frosting
Stars of the recipe:
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup of shortening or butter
- 2 Tbsp and 1.5 tsps of milk
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- food coloring
- In a large bowl, cream together powdered sugar and shortening (or softened butter)
- Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff (about 5 minutes).
- Color with food colored if desired.