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Perfect Sugar Cookies for Cookie Cutters

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I meant to post this last week, but didn’t get around to it as I was still busy with the holidays. But I still really wanted to post this even though it’s a bit late. My family loves making sugar cookies for Christmas and more recently, we’ve been making them on Christmas or Christmas Eve instead of a week or so in advance. And every year we forget what recipe we used the previous year and end up doing something differently.

Early this year I had made a cooking blog but never ended up using it so I got rid of it. Only to remember all of my recipes for sugar cookies and whatnot were on there way after the fact. So this blog post is:

  1. Share the recipe with all of you as it’s amazing
  2. Have the recipes somewhere I can remember/find the following year.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract.

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a mixer (or with a handheld mixer), cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add in the egg and vanilla, then mix again until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient and mix together until you have a thick mixture, but it will be spreadable.
  5. Wrap the mixture with clear plastic wrap, and put in the refrigerator for an hour or so until completely chilled.
  6. Powder your counter top with flour or use parchment paper if you don’t want the mess. I enjoy using flour or powder sugar on the counters personally when I’m making sugar cookies.
  7. Cut with cutters, then bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottom JUST begins to brown. Keep an eye on them, they’ll bake rather quickly.

We don’t try to make our sugar cookies fancy or “Instagrammable” by any means. We more just have fun with a bunch of frosting and sparkles. And enjoy them as is. It’s just traditional for us as they look just like as they did when we were kids. Sure we could make them “pretty” but it’s so much more fun just messing around with the frosting and laughing at our weird creations.

What’s your favorite sugar cookie recipe?

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