23 December 2008

Sugar Cookies!

Holiday cookie making isn't complete without SUGAR COOKIES!!! These tasty cookies are easy to make and are even yummier when you frost them and add colored sugar...mmm...

2 cups sugar
1 cup butter (no substitutes)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda

In a mixing bowl, cream sugar, butter, vanilla and salt. Add eggs and mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.

On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. cookie cutter; place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7-8 minutes or until light golden brown. Decorate if desired.
I used Betty Crocker white cookie frosting I found in the baking isle at Kroger's, it tastes really good, not overly sweet, but sweet enough to just add to the sugar cookie.

On a side note, here's a picture of what you DON'T want to do with sugar cookies. For some reason I was thinking you could put preserves in sugar cookies...well, it didn't work and it wasn't until they were in the oven that I realized that it is Shortbread cookies you do that with, NOT sugar cookies...Sheesh!

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