Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Best Sugar Cookies

What you'll Need: 

  • 1 Cup real butter (no substitutes) at room temperature
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg (large or extra large)
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt

What you Do: 

First you cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes or so. Then add in the egg and extract and mix until it is incorporated into the mixture. 
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. A very important note: It's important to correctly measure your flour or you will end up with a dry, crumbly dough. Never use the measuring cup to scoop up the flour. Use a regular size spoon and spoon the flour into the cup and then level it off. 
Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined. 
Chill the dough for about an hour or TIP: When your dough is made, instead of putting it in the fridge, immediately roll between 2 sheets of waxed or parchment paper and then place on a flat surface in the fridge. Chill for about 20-30 minutes and then start cutting it out. This way it chills faster and the bonus is you don't ned to add extra flour to roll it out. If you don't use this tip: When you're ready to roll it out, lightly sprinkle flour onto your work space and roll out dough with a rolling pin.

Bake at 350 for just a few minutes. 5-10 depending on your oven. Baking time really depends on how you like them. If you like them really fluffy and chewy about 6-7 minutes will do it. If you like them crisp and buttery, leave them in for 9-10 minutes. 

Now Comes the Icing. Here's What You'll Need:  

  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Milk
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • Food coloring of choice

Start with the Powdered sugar and add in the vanilla. Slowly add in the milk. When you have the consistency you want, add in the food coloring of choice. If you want different colors you can separate the icing into a few different bowls. You can make cookies for any holiday now! 

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