Wednesday, December 12, 2012

rum sugar cookies

This recipe has been adapted from better homes and gardens homemade cookies cookbook circa 1975. I have been using this recipe for years now and it is positively the best sugar cookie recipe I have ever used. I always like to change up the flavors and this time I added rum extract to the recipe and icing and it turned out very tasty!
This is the full recipe I usually half it but with the holidays around you need a lot of cookies!
What you need:
3/4 cup butter or margerine, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tablespoon rum extract (you use what ever flavor you wish)
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon alt
2 cups icing sugar
1/4 milk
1 teaspoon rum extract (you use what ever flavor you wish)

How to make:
Cream butter and sugar; beat in eggs and extract. Stir flour with baking powder and salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Chill well. (the dough will look too soft try not to add more flour once chilled in the fridge it hardens up to the perfect rolling cosistency)
Try to roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness too thin will burn easily too thick will just need longer baking time. Cut with desired cookie cutters, dough will not spread very much in the oven
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 minutes to start. Bottoms of cookies should be just lightly brown if the edges look brown they are overcooked but are eatable! (see note below)
For the Glaze:
Combine all the above ingredients to make a fluid glaze. You can either dip the cookies and let rest on wax paper or as I did above painted the glaze on with a pastry brush.

Cooking side note:
These cookies harden up like a traditional sugar cookie but once there is icing on them & if you place them in an airtight container overnight the soften up to be the BEST cookies you have ever tried. I always plan to make these a few days ahead of time to the have time to soften up overnight. Even burnt cookies soften up and nobody knows.


  1. Yum-yum-yum, yum-yum-yum, yum-yum-yummmmmm!!! (Sung to the tune of jingle bells :) )

    These look so festively sweet and absolutely delicious. That bird cookie cutter is so darling - I bet it would work well come Easter time, too.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Mmmmmmmmm! These look gorgeous and sound delicious!