Vanilla Cookies with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

I love sugar cookies, but I don’t always have the time to make them or the inclination to clean up the kitchen afterwards. These pretty, little cookies solve both problems — they’re fast to make and since they’re scooped, not rolled, they make less mess! –MellynYield: About 2 dozen cookies

The Cookie:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons nonfat dry powdered milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 5 Tablespoons water
  1. Combine all dry ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Add oil and water and mix.
  3. Drop by the teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet (I use a small cookie scoop for this)
  4. Flatten with the bottom of a glass, dipped in flour.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  6. Cool and frost with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting (below).

The Strawberry Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup freeze-dried strawberries**
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Re-hydrate berries by covering with warm and letting them stand for about 5 minutes. Drain.
  2. Whip butter, sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
  3. Add berries and blend until large chunks of strawberry are broken down.
**Sorry, I haven’t tried this with fresh strawberries yet. If you do, I’d suggest doubling the strawberries and chopping them into little pieces before adding them to the frosting.

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