Around the holidays, making cookies is a classic way to celebrate with friends and family. Of course, everyone enjoys eating the cookies, too! But while traditional frosted sugar cookies are sweet and delicious, they can get a bit mundane year after year. This year, consider spicing up your sugar cookie routine with caramel sugar cookies frosted with a spicy cinnamon frosting. Here's the recipe!
Ingredients (for the cookies):
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons caramel extract
- 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Additional flour for dusting your cutting surface
Ingredients (for the frosting):
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1/2 stick of butter (four tablespoons)
- 1/4 cup jarred caramel sauce
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon milk
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Stir in the vanilla and caramel extracts. In a second bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Stir to combine. Then, pour this mixture into the butter mixture, and mix on low speed until you have a uniform dough.
Divide the dough into two even portions, and shape each into a disc. Wrap the dough disks in plastic wrap, and chill them in your fridge for at least an hour -- no longer than two hours. Remove one dough ball from the fridge, and roll it out on floured surface until the dough is about 1/8 inch thick.
Cut the dough with your cookie cutters. Place the cookies on baking sheets. Re-roll the remaining dough to cut more cookies, and repeat this process with the other disc of dough.
Bake your cookies at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, and then remove them to continue cooling on a wire rack.
To make the frosting, simply combine all of the frosting ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, and then beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
Wait until the cookies are cool, and then frost them with the cinnamon frosting. Decorate with sprinkles or sugar if you prefer, and then enjoy! Store the cookies in a covered, sealed container for best results.
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