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I’m not a cook by any means, I have like 8 recipes that I have down pat that my poor family rotates through for dinner and I fail at most new recipes I try… BUT I do like baking, and I like to think I am pretty good at it! I usually attempt the kids birthday cakes and I very proudly made my sisters engagement party cake (it will forever go down as one of my greatest achievements in life haha!) I am known for my cupcakes and banoffee pie at family gatherings, and a holiday rarely goes by without my famous sugar cookies making an appearance. So I thought in honor of today, Sweetheart Day, I would share my super simple, go-to recipe with you so you can have a little baking fun with your little loves!

If you haven’t heard of Sweetheart Day, it is held every February 14th here in Australia to raise funds for Heart Kids – supporting life-changing research and vital support for the thousands of children battling heart disease. Every day 8 babies are born with a heart defect (#8toomany), and every week 4 kids lose their fight against CHD. CHD is the biggest killer of babies under ONE – isn’t that just the craziest thing you have ever heard?? Heart Kids’ research can help stop this, and having spent time in Westmead with Oliver and getting to know families going through their own journey with CHD, this cause is close to our hearts. We want to help out in anyway we can, so I ask that if you happen to save this recipe or give it a go, please donate a little something to Heart Kids. If you do, leave a little comment below so I can thank you for your generosity – you are AMAZING!

So, here goes!

Super Simple Sugar Cookies

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 2 cups White Sugar
  • 250 grams Softened Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  • 5 cups Plain Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt

Icing

  • 2 cups Soft Icing Mixture
  • 1 tablespoon Milk

Instructions

Cookies

  1. Preheat fanforced oven to 180°C
  2. Mix softened butter and sugar together. If you need to soften your butter zap it in the microwave for a little bit, but don't go too crazy because melting the butter will change the composition of the dough, making it hard to roll out later!
  3. Mix in eggs and vanilla essence. When well combined, add in flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour. If you are making your dough ahead of time, it keeps well overnight and freezes great!
  5. When ready to roll out your cookies, liberally sprinkle your bench with flour, as well as your rolling pin. Work with half the dough at a time, and put the other half back in the fridge to keep cool (or it will go sticky!)
  6. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick, and cut into shapes. Place cookies on lined baking tray.
  7. Place tray in oven for 4-6 minutes, depending on your oven. Remember: sugar cookies aren't meant to brown, so if your cookies edges are turning brown, they need to come out earlier.

Icing

  1. Let cookies cool completely on a cooling rack before icing.
  2. Mix 2 cups soft icing mixture and one tablespoon of milk to make your icing. This consistency should be perfect for icing your cookies with a knife. If you find it too runny, add more icing mix. If you are piping it on, add more milk. You can keep adjusting this to your needs!
  3. In our house, we LOVE the sugar taste of the icing mix, but if you prefer, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla essence.

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Remember, if you give these babies a whirl let me know! And a small donation to Heart Kids for Sweetheart Day would mean the world to families going through CHD.

Love always,
Hayley x

November 2, 2016

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