Thursday, March 5, 2009

My Favorite Sugar Cookie recipe

This cookie dough is sinful, and better yet it is enough to make about 8 sheets of cookies. This easy to follow recipe is also easy to cut in half in order to show sympathy on your arteries, teeth and waistline!

I pound butter - room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract (pure is best)
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups all purpose flour

  1. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle blade, combine the sugar and butter on high speed until fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt and mix on medium until combined.
  3. Turn mixer to low, and slowly add flour in batches mixing until combined (it will be a bit stiff).
  4. Remove dough from bowl, and divide into four balls.
  5. Place each ball on plastic wrap, flatten into discs, completely wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use (at least 30 minutes - but it lasts up to 2 weeks).
  6. When ready to use let the dough warm a bit on the counter. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. On a well floured surface, roll out dough until about 1/8 of an inch thick.
  8. Cut out cookies with cutter of choice, place on an un-greased baking sheet, and decorate as desired.
  9. Bake until golden brown - about 10 to 15 minutes.

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