Who says Christmas is the only time of year to decorate cookies? Easter and spring are perfect celebrations that call for decorated cookies, too. These Spiced Springtime Sugar Cookies are a nice variation of a traditional sugar cookie that will please everyone from the Easter Bunny to the neighbor next door.
2 1/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
¼ teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
1 cup (two sticks) butter, softened
2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into medium sized bowl. Set aside. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until well mixed. Chill dough for several hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough onto floured surface. Cut into shapes like Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, or spring flowers. Bake on greased baking sheets for 8-10 minutes or until light brown and firm.
Note: If dough becomes soft while cutting out cookies, return to refrigerator to chill for a half hour to an hour. Once the dough becomes too soft, the end result is a cookie that will run all over your baking sheet!
Colorful Cookie Glaze
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
3 ½ teaspoons milk
¼ teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
3 to 4 drops McCormick Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye or McCormick Assorted NEON! Food Colors and Egg Dye
Directions for Glaze:
Mix confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. Stir in corn syrup and continue stirring until glaze takes on a glossy appearance. Another teaspoonful of corn syrup may be needed to fully achieve this, but be careful. Don’t add an entire additional spoon full all at once. Start with about 1/3, and go from there.
Add drops of food coloring to glaze until it becomes the color you desire. Spread glaze over cooled cookies.
You may add sprinkles or chopped nuts to glaze before it dries.
You may dip the cookies in the glaze rather than spreading it with a knife.
Serve these cookies with coffee, tea, or milk.