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Frosted Sugar Cookies

The best thing about sugar cookies is how they can be adapted for any holiday or occasion. This recipe makes great cutout cookies because they hold the shape of the cookie cutter so well. There are a lot of variations out there, but this is the cookie of my childhood memory. (One of the secrets is using butter vanilla or butter flavoring rather than almond or another flavor.)

 

Ingredients

2 cups unsalted butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons butter vanilla flavoring, or vanilla extract

6 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

 

Instructions

  1. Using heavy mixer, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Add vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to sugar and butter mixture, mixing until dough is smooth.
  5. Put a portion freshly made between two sheets of parchment paper and roll to desired thickness (I think they turn out best 1/4' to 1/2 inch thick). Put the dough into the refrigerator to chill for about 10 minutes or more. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  7. Remove rolled dough from refrigerator, cut with cookie cutters, place on parchment or silicone lined baking sheets. 
  8. Bake at 350° F for 8 -10 minutes. Let cool. Recipe makes 8 dozen 3" cookies. (Recipe can be cut in half, or you can freeze extra dough for later use.

 

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