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Sugar Cookies!


I'm a confessed cookie monster. Whoever decided to mix butter, flour, and sugar together is a damn genius. My taste buds salute you, my midsection not so much.


Anyways, Christmas is the one time of year where an endless variety and supply of cookies are in abundance. One of my favorites is a soft, flaky, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, sugar cookie. They are simple, yet divine. Enjoy!







Ingredients:

(makes about 3 dozen depending on shape/size of cookie cutters)


1 1/4 C softened butter

1 C granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 Tbl heavy whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla

3 1/2 C all purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt


How to:


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.


2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy - about 5 minutes.


3. Beat in eggs, cream, and vanilla.


4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder.


5. Gradually add in dry ingredients into wet mixture.


6. Once flour is fully incorporated, separate dough into two even balls, wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.


7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one ball of dough until 1/4 inch thick. Cut out desired shapes. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.


8. **To prevent spreading, and keep the desired shape, put cookie sheets with the cut out cookies in the freezer for about 40 minutes. **


9. Transfer cookies straight from freezer to the oven and bake for 8- 10 minutes, or until the edges start to turn light brown.


TIPS: I find it helpful to switch the placement of the cookie sheets halfway through baking. Ovens are quirky, and have different "hot spots". For example, things bake way faster on the bottom rack of my oven and tend to burn. Also, the tops of these cookies may look underdone to you. Trust me when I say, you want only a slight brown at the very bottom of the sides of the cookies. These go from 'just right' to burned bottoms pretty quickly!


Royal Icing:


1 Lb powdered sugar

4 tsp meringue powder

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 C water


1. Whisk all ingredients together. If it is too runny, just add a bit more powdered sugar. If too stiff, add a little bit more water!


2. I just dip the top part of the cookie into the bowl of icing and use a toothpick to get rid of excess icing. Sprinkle on whatever decorations your little heart desires! Place cookies in fridge to set icing.




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kikiij1971
27 de dez. de 2020

The most delicious sugar cookies I ever tasted. They are so tender and flakey and the icing the best ever.

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