Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sugar Cookies

Here's a great way to spend a cold and snowy winters day.  These cookies are so much fun to make.  My daughter, Paige, was so excited to use the cookie cutters.  We picked them up at a craft store about 2 months ago, and to tell you the truth, I don't think she could wait another day!  She has been hounding me to make sugar cookies since the day we bought them.  Since the recipe is so simple and easy, I really did let her do it all.  And she loved every minute of it to the fullest.  This is what memories are made of.

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup real unsalted butter (softened)
2 eggs (let stand at room temp for at least 20 minutes)
1 1/2 tsp real vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda

-Preheat oven to 350*.  Using a hand mixer combine sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.  In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and baking soda; mix into batter in 3-4 increments, making sure to thoroughly combine them.  Wrap cookie dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (chills it so you can work with it easier).  On a moderately floured counter top, roll out (flour your rolling pin often) to about a 1/4" thickness.  Cut out shapes with cookie cutters (dip cookie cutters in flour so the dough doesn't stick to them) and place on an ungreased baking stone or cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes (don't let the edges get too brown!).  Once cooled, you can top off with frosting and sprinkles, or like we prefer just leave them plain.  Makes 3-4 dozen.  Enjoy!

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