Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Classic Sugar Cookies

We made these for Rudes's Birthday class treat. This is the recipe I've been using for the past 6 years. For every holiday... anytime I need or want frosted cookies. We have 50 some animal shape cookie cutters! My first time making them was for Rubes's 1st Birthday... roosters. Anyway, this recipe comes from Carole Walter's book Great Cookies. Wonderful book. I simplify here and there in my making of these so if you want a word for word recipe, you'll have to buy the book. For example, I roll my dough out to a 1/4 -inch thickness instead of 3/16-inch. Just saying. Here goes....
Sugar Cookies
Classic Sugar Cookies
3 cups sifted cake flour, spooned in and leveled
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly firm
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar on medium-low speed. Using a fork, beat the egg and vanilla together and mix into the butter-sugar mixture.
Add the dry ingredients one-half at a time, mixing only until mixture begins to form a mass.
Empty the dough on to a lightly cake floured surface and knead 4 or 5 times, or just until smooth. Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic. Chill for at least 15 minutes.
When chilled or ready (I've often made the dough the night before) roll out onto a lightly floured surface. Stop rolling at your desired thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheet, no grease or spray! Bake for 12-14 minutes at 350* until bottoms or edges start to brown. This part is also personal preference and may take practice.


Vicky said...

Yum! and they're so pretty too :)

happydays525 said...

You know I love these cookies! =) Now I won't have to keep asking you for the recipe!

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