What are “bad girl” treats? Buttery cream cheese frosting and homemade sugar cookie stars to dip in the frosting. Pretty naughty, right? Oh well, we all need to splurge every once in awhile!
I like to make these for parties and gatherings with my girlfriends. It’s such a fun, pretty dessert! Everyone loves them, (and loves to say “BAD GIRL treats!”) Hee hee.
If you want a shortcut recipe, and don’t feel like making everything from scratch, simply buy your favorite frosting(s) and mini bakery sugar cookies.
for the frosting:
6 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) softened to room temperature
2 and 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
various food coloring colors (I used neon)
Place cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using whisk attachment, whip until light and fluffy. If you need an additional 1/4 cup powdered sugar to make your frosting/dip a bit thicker, add it now and whip again.
Divide portions of the frosting between 7 small bowls or ramekins. Leave one white. To the others, add: pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. I only added 1 or 2 drops to each. Mix each color well. Place dollops of the different colors of frosting in a pretty serving bowl. Swirl together. Not too much, or the colors won’t be as brilliant. Serve frosting dip at room temperature.
for the mini sugar cookie stars:
2 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream (not lite, and not yogurt)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla or almond extract
Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl and combine the ingredients using a wire whisk.
In the bowl of a counter top mixer (such as a Kitchen Aid) mix: the sour cream, butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and flavor extract. Mix until just evenly combined.
Mix wet and dry ingredients together just until combined. Don’t over mix.
Gather the dough into a ball and flatten it into a disc. Place cookie dough in a large Ziploc bag and chill it in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours. Once dough is chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough on a floured surface so it’s 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your cookies using mini star-shaped cookie cutters and place the cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet, or line the sheet with cooking parchment or a Silpat mat. Add pretty sprinkles before baking. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or just until lightly golden brown on the bottom and completely set. Cool on baking sheets for 3 minutes and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dip sugar cookie stars into the soft frosting! Yum!