Monday, January 14, 2013

Frosted Flower Sugar Cookies

Ever since I answered my question of "To Treat or Not to Treat" w/ "treat!" in an earlier post, I've been having fun finding recipes that provide my girls with yummy homemade treats. Tis far better to make at home than to buy from store, if/when possible. Here's one I liked making and the girls liked eating. Plus, it's easy to jazz up any lunch when you stick one of these in it!

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Found the cookie recipe online: Lofthouse-style Frosted Sugar Cookies and used my favorite
Whipperberry's Simple Vanilla Buttercream Recipe (this time w/ a teeny bit of pureed strawberries mixed in) as the frosting. Helped that I already happened to have some on hand, so cool, saved myself a step! What totally drew me to the cookie recipe I found on Pinterest was the fact that we always have to pass these cookies by in the stores because they always seem to "May contain nuts". Phooey! Not fair that my girls can't eat 'em because they always look soooooo pretty and goooooooood!

And as much as I like to cook and bake, I don't always have the time to just whip up a batch of whatever, so when I DO, I try to save some for later and stick a bunch in the freezer for future use. Now it's so easy to have homemade treats on hand when all you have to do is pop one out of the freezer and stick it in a lunch. It's perfectly thawed by lunch, and even earlier for that matter!

Update: 7/24/13
Here are some pix I took of a batch I made over the Fourth of July. Yummy once again! This time we made stars:


...and circles:

and just used the frosting recipe that came w/ the cookie but added a couple drops of raspberry extract (to taste) and oh MAN, where they yummy! So this white frosting actually tasted like raspberry frosting!


I thought I'd have some more fun and added some natural food coloring made using veggie colorants by India Tree and even made them match their raspberry flavoring. :)


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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15 comments:

Melissa said...

i love cookies, any cookies & especially cookies with sprinkles! thanks for the recipe!

Melissa said...

by the way - how do you keep track of all of your recipes? have you heard of pepperplate?

happyvballgirl said...

My pleasure, my dear! :) thanks for checkin' it out! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Well, Meehee, I still live in the stone ages and the recipes I actually use go in one of 2 red binders. Just can't handle the mess and inconvenience of cooking from my phone or ipad. BUT, I do try to use ZipList to store the recipes I find online. And Pinterest. Between the two, they have things covered - I THINK. Haven't heard of pepperplate. do you use it? do you love it? should I use it? Is it easy to link up recipes from blogs and stuff? Do I ask too many questions? Are you sorry you asked yet? :)

Stephanie Michaels said...

They look delicious. Don't worry those store bought Lofthouse cookies are good but they can't hold a candle to homemade! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.
Steph
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Alexis AKA MOM said...

They look wonderful! I bet a real treat especially always seeing them in the store and not being able to eat that is a bummer.

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

YUM! Looks like they just melt in your mouth! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party!

ngnrdgrl said...

They look yummy! My step-son just got diagnosed as being allergic to wheat, corn, tomatoes, peanuts, walnuts and soy. You know what that means? I'll be cooking up a storm when he is here this summer!

ngnrdgrl said...

I use Evernote to store my recipes. I use the webclipper or clearly to clip it easily for storage, then access my recipes on an android tablet. I just throw my tablet in a ziploc bag to keep it clean while in the kitchen.

happyvballgirl said...

LOL! Ziplock bag for your tablet - that is AWESOME enginerdgirl! :) And you KNOW how I know that, right? 'cause I'm one too. Or at least I was. THanks for sharing!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks so much, Stephanie! and that's what I keep telling my girls. haha!

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Alexis!!! Yes it is a bummer but they're so good about it (usually). You are so sweet to stop by. :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, Diana! Thanks for hosting as always! :)

happyvballgirl said...

Thanks, enginerdgirl! It takes one to know one, right? :) So sorry to hear about your step-son's allergies. It's tough on everyone, but we are so lucky to live in an age where things are labeled and there are lots of alternatives. Though there's *something* about this very age that is causing all these food allergies! Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by!! And a friend of mine wrote up this post re: allergy-friendly lunches. Check it out and hopefully you'll find it useful! http://followinginmyshoes.com/bento-2/allergy-friendly-bentos-and-school-lunches-i-heart-lunch/ And be sure to take a closer look at Keeley McGuire Blog that's listed in there. She focuses on allergy-friendly posts. Good luck!!

Kirsten Madaus said...

Christine,
What adorable, and easily customizable, cookies! I frequently make a double batch of dough and pop some in the freezer--saves time and I like making just enough cookies so I'm not tempted to eat the whole batch.

I'm glad to follow you on Tasty Tuesdays!