It’s been almost a year that our city, The City Beautiful, was attacked and we saw how one disturbed individual could forever scar and destroy the lives of dozens of innocent people in a matter of minutes. But through the clouds of despair we saw something else. A beautiful city with a diverse populace coming together to donate blood, care of the wounded, grieve the lost and to give hugs to strangers who needed them. A community that, at its time of crisis stood stronger together than ever before. And these are the people that I am proud to call my family, friends and neighbors.
Join me tomorrow at Williams-Sonoma, Mall at The Millenia as we honor those 49 beautiful souls and stand together as a community for Monday’s#OrlandoUnitedDay. I’ll be sharing some of my sweetest creations, including these Pride Cookies. I encourage you to make these cookies as well, and share the sweetness with your family, friends, and neighbors.
1 hour and 15 minutes
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1⁄2cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1⁄4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring, the colors of the rainbow!
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or generously spray with non stick spray.
- Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, mix butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and beat until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add slowly to butter mixture on low speed. Do not overbeat! Only mix until flour is incorporated.
- Form dough into big ball and place in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll out chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter or you can use a pizza cutter and make squares or rectangles. Another option is to roll into a log and cut 1/4 inch thick slices.
- Using a spatula, transfer to cookie sheets leaving about 1/2 inch between cookies.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool 10 minutes on cookie sheet and then transfer to cooling rack.
- When cookies are cool, whisk together the icing ingredients and either dip the cookies or spread on cookies. You can smooth the icing with the back of a spoon.