Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a few girlfriends for a quiet evening in. Every event calls for something sweet, but not heavy. I turned to my favorite sugar glitter cookie recipe discovered on Martha’s website. She calls these Glitter Ball Cookies as they are rolled in glittery sanding sugar. I love them because they have just enough buttery sweetness without being over the top and they can be color coordinated for your event. I opted for gold and white for our evening in. Aren’t they pretty?
The recipe calls for:
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
They are super easy to make too.
Start by pre-heating your oven to 350. Cream the sugar, butter and salt in a stand mixer on medium-high until pale and fluffy; about 3-4 minutes. Mix in the vanilla and then gradually add in the flour at a low speed. Mix until well combined.
Roll cookies out into 3/4 inch balls, then roll balls in small bowls with sanding sugar to coat. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes.
Martha makes these into sandwich cookies with a ginger cream filling. I opted to skip the filling and honestly, they don’t need it.
I have made these for Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. It’s fun to mix and match sanding sugar colors for any holiday or event. There are so many colors available too. I was surprised to find it in a pretty gold.
The only problem with these is that they are so light and gently sweet that you’ll find it hard to just eat one. I had a tray of them on our coffee table and found all of us enjoying one and then another all evening. I think I may have the most though…. oops. There were a few left over for tea the next day….