12 Days of Baking

12 Days of Baking: Easy Sugar Cookies (Day 4)

Sugar cookies has to be one of my favorite cookies to bake during the Christmas season. My mom bought these awesome Christmas cookie cutters when I was a kid and we would go to town on baking sugar cookies. We even used the cutters to make dough tree ornaments (until the mice got in the box and ate them). This year my sister and me will be making sugar cookies and we’ll use the cookie cutters. Every time I see them, it reminds me of being 6. Don’t you just love it when that happens? I’m also going to make Christmas pinwheel rolled sugar cookies. After all these cookies, I am going to need a gym membership.

What you’ll need

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cream of tartar (it’s a powder, not actually cream)

Directions

1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

2. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and cream of tartar. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Mix well. Cover bowl and chill for one hour.  (I find that the dough is better to work with when it’s chilled.)

4. Once chilled, roll dough to about 1/8″ or 1/4″ thick. Cut in to desired shaped or use cookie cutters. Place on to un-greased sheets.

5. Bake 8-10 minutes in a pre-heated oven, or until golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheets for two minutes before moving to cool on wire racks.

Makes 48 cookies (4 dozen).

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