Every New Years Eve, the Imaginative One, the Wee One, and I head over to my mother-in-law’s house to ring in the new year. A new tradition was created a couple of years ago. The grandkids (4 of them in total) spend the night at grandma and grandpa’s house after staying up until after midnight. Mommy and daddy (if he is off of work) go home to an empty house which is nice.
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 separate 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.
(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 place mats 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
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.