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sugar cookie and icing recipe

My parents used to drop me off on one side of town on Halloween night. Then they'd drive to friends' house on the other side of town to help pass out candy. And I'd show up at some point--cold, worn out and hoping they hadn't eaten all the Snickers. 

Now that I think about it, this methodology seems a bit unsafe. I mean, no cell phone. No presumed route. No time by which I had to show up. No group to stick with. 

Just a silly costume, a pumpkin-shaped bucket and a promise that when I did get to their friends' house, there would almost assuredly be cookies that LOOKED like they were chocolate chip . . . but were in fact raisin. 

And let's face it: That's WAY more dangerous than turning your child loose on the town to snatch up all the sugar she can find. 



In dessert. 


I much prefer these sugar cookies instead. No surprises here. Just repeat goodness every time. 

No schlepping across town. No itchy orange wigs. No promises of Milky Ways only to find out the candy had all run out. 

See? There's safety in these cookies. 

So if you're feeling particularly emboldened by your candy haul this Halloween, or if you just need to bring dessert to Thanksgiving, or you're on a lifelong hunger strike against raisins too, try out these cookies. And then be sure to let me know how they turn out. 

I'll even eat a Snickers in your honor. 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 3/4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder

Heat oven to 400. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add powder and salt, one cup at a time, until the dough is stiff. Divide into 2 and roll out one half of the dough at a time on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Do not refrigerate the second half. Cut out cookies and place on an ungreased cookie sheet for 6-7 minutes. Cool slightly and remove. 


3 egg whites

4 c. powdered sugar

5-6 tablespoons water

Beat for 7-10 minutes until stiff peaks form. 

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