These Purple Sugar Cookies are soft and sweet, and their fun color makes them great for parties! So festive (and fun for Easter, too)!
Please don’t adjust your screen, the color is for real.
Oh no. My plan was much more simple than that. I planned to make an adult-version of a Purple Cow. Do you know what that is?
Because I can totally understand how you’d be udderly confused. 🙂
You see, this weekend was the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. And, in these parts, the Purple Cow is a staple at the fair. I don’t know their secret recipe, but it contains grape juice and milk (yes, for real), and believe it or not, it’s gorgeous in color and delicious. But mostly a favorite for the kids.
So, in honor of the launch of the fair – I thought – why not a big-boy-adult-sized version of an old classic favorite?
In comes the internet…sure enough, there were a few recipes for a Purple Cow Cocktail. Who knew? So I tried them. As it turns out – they were horrible.
Which is exactly how I got to the purple sugar cookies.
You see…I was trying to make purple colored sugar to rim the glasses of my Purple Cow Cocktail, so I could make a Crazy Mad Purple Cow Cocktail with a wicked kick. (Did you know cows can kick backward, forward and sideways? Now, that’s what I call a wicked kick.) But dang! I poured in wayyyy to much blue and not nearly enough red. The next thing I knew…I had a super–duper-dark black-blue sugar. Agh!!! So, I tried to fix it. With a ton more sugar and 8,000 gallons of red food coloring. Oh, and neon pink and neon turquoise too.
Until I had 3 cups worth of crazy cow kuh-luh in shu-ghar. Grrr… Which, I wasn’t willing to waste.
And now you know how I came up with the Purple Sugar Cookie.
p.s. they may look funky, but they were delicious. I didn’t decorate them because I wanted to show you the color!!!
- 1½ cups butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large mixing bowl on medium speed, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs (one at a time) and vanilla until thoroughly mixed. Add flour (one cup at a time), then add baking powder and salt.
- Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Roll out dough onto a floured surface, ¼ to ½ inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment lined cookie sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
Recipe adapted from The Best Rolled Sugar Cookie.