Sugar cookies! This is one of those every-kitchen-must-make recipes. Not because sugar cookies are anything *so* great, but because they are a staple of a happy kitchen, and nothing quite matches the taste of a warm sugar cookie with tea.
Besides, you can’t decorate other cookies like these, now can you?
Here’s a quick, easy recipe that I use often, and if you’d like to learn how to decorate them a few different ways… leave me a comment, and it’ll go on the “To post” list! I love making tutorials when I know someone’s watching for them. In the meantime, however, I’ll leave you with a recipe.
Basic Sugar Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2-1/2 c. flour
Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer; add the sugar, and mix until well incorporated and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs; mix well. Add the flour, and again, mix until well combined.
Chill the dough for at least 1-4 hours before rolling.
Roll out on a floured surface and cut out shapes with a lightly floured cookie cutter, in the shape(s) of your choice.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, or until just golden around the base of the cookies. Cool on wire racks.
Note: You can freeze this cookie dough ahead of time, thawing it just before you want to use it. Or, to be even more prepared, go ahead and pre-roll and cut out your shapes, then layer the unbaked cookies between sheets of wax paper, and freeze them in a sealed container until ready to bake. I do this all the time when I make large quantities for something, and I want them all to be fresh (without the frustration of last-minute prep work). I can make hundreds of cookies in advance this way (great for weddings!) and bake them all fresh the morning of the event with little hassle. Also, frozen cookies retain their shape better when baked – Which is great for decorating cookies! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Feel free to add poppy seeds, or lemon or orange zest for a bit of extra pizazz. Delicious.
Next, decorate if desired! I just doodled on these for fun, basically. Go ahead and copy ’em if you like! Or feel free to check out my tutorial for Rustic Wedding Cookies; another great way to make this recipe shine!
Back next week!