Sensational Sugar Cookies from Jack Witherspoon and A Bullseye View!

Sensational Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie recipe for you!

At just six-year-olds, Jack Witherspoon began his battle with leukemia.  During his first relapse in 2006, while his friends were playing outside, Jack started cooking comfort food as a way to feel better.  Seven years and a published cookbook later, ‘Chef Jack’ is still inspiring us all and whipping up delicious original recipes.  For Valentine’s Day, Target’s Bullseye View asked the ambitious middle schooler to share an original recipe.  You can check out his sweet response to that request below.  

 And be sure to read his interview at  A Bullseye View  HERE>

Sensational Sugar Cookies with Hard Cookie Icing

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar for rolling dough
  • Hard Cookie Icing (recipe follows)

What You’ll Do:
1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a whisk to blend. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat on low speed until well blended. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough into a ball. Divide in half and flatten each piece into a disc. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease 2 baking sheets.

3. Remove one half of the dough from the refrigerator. Sprinkle a work surface with powdered sugar. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.Cut into your choice of shapes with cookie cutters. Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared pans.

4. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or just until the cookies begin to brown on the edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely before icing.

Hard Cookie Icing
For about 3 dozen cookies

What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk at room temperature
  • 7 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or fresh lemon juice
  • Food colorings of choice

What You’ll Do:

1. In a medium bowl, combine the powdered sugar and milk and stir until smooth. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, add the corn syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth. If the icing gets too thick, add more corn syrup.

2. Divide the icing among separate bowls and add food coloring to the desired intensity. Using a pastry brush, paint each cookie with the icing. If you want to add colored sugar or sprinkles, wait about 1 minute for the icing to begin to dry so the colors won’t run.


Need to find a last minute gift for teachers or classmates?  You can pick these up at your local Target!


Valentine’s Day Whoopie Pie Kit; Chalk Mugs – In store only; Valentine’s Day Gift Card


*Bullseye View is an online magazine, updated regularly to bring Target to life. It is a behind-the-scenes look at Target’s most exciting partnerships, initiatives, events and innovations. Visit us on Twitter: @ABullseyeView



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