So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It Just Wouldn't Be Christmas Without.... #3

Through Friday this week, I am posting a daily recipe that "it just wouldn't be Christmas without." Today's recipe is Sugar Cookies. Parents and children decorating cut out sugar cookies is a favorite commercial and movie scene for this time of year.

These cookies are the ones you usually roll out and cut with cookie cutters. But you don't have to. If you'd rather, you can roll the dough into a tube shape, chill it, and cut off 1-inch slices to bake. You will have to chill the dough. If you plan to make cookies with a young child, you may want to make the dough ahead and allow it to chill until you're ready to cut them out. Try using Royal Icing if you want the frosting to harden. Otherwise you can use those little tubes or thin some regular frosting.

I've used this recipe for many years now and it always turns out well. I won't have any pictures today though. Our cookie cuttering for the year was done when we did our gingerbread houses at Thanksgiving. If you really need pictures, I suppose you can look back at that post. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy this one too.

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

2/3 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Cream butter/margarine, sugar, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Beat in egg.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix into creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
3. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
4. Roll our half the dough at a time to about 1/8 inch thickness on floured surface. Cut in desired shapes. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar and decors. Leave plain to frost when cooled.
5 Bake at 375 degrees for about 7 to 9 minutes. Cool slightly.


Anonymous said...

Hi Girl~

Do you use a hand mixer or a Kitchen Aid to mix this dough?

PS~ COULD you use a kitchen aid?

Born Blonde said...

I think you could use either up until you start adding the flour. And then it would just be a matter of how much you could add before it was too stiff. I honestly usually use a spoon and wear out my arm. It's a fairly forgiving recipe so you should be okay. :)