Sweet Sugar Cookies

sugar-cookiesIt would be hard not to like sugar cookies. They are so simple and unassuming. They are featured prominently during the Christmas season, but frankly, I find them great all year round.

This is the basic recipe. What I love about it is that you can either roll it out and play with the shapes if you are anal-retentive, or you can be like me, and simply roll it up in Saran wrap into logs, get it nice and cold and slice in rounds.

That makes for a very fast little recipe and still gives you a ton of  cookies. Since size of the cookie determines how many dozen, I’ll just say it makes several dozen nice size cookies.

So what are you waiting for?

Recipe:  adapted from Yummly

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1  1/2 c softened butter
  • 3 c white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 c flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time and the vanilla.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add in small batches, mixing well until you have added it all.
  3. Chill the dough for at least an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  5. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch or simply cut in rounds from a dough log about 1/4 inch as well. Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment, leaving a good inch between.
  6. Bake for 5-8 minutes until edges start to brown. Cool on a rack.
  7. Frost if you wish with Sweet Sugar Icing.

Serves: about 4 dozen give or take

Notes: you can store the dough in the fridge for several days, or you can freeze it for later use. Probably up to three months.

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