Saturday, October 22, 2011

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

 It is always amazing to me how such a simple easy recipe can be so tasty.  Sometimes an old fashioned sugar cookie just hits the spot.  Plus they are so versatile!  Add sprinkles, cut into shapes, add frosting, do thumb print cookies, dip in chocolate.  I love the basics. I found this recipe a while back on Moms Who Think.




 Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter (softened at room temperature)
1 egg, lightly beaten (egg should be at room temperature)
3 Tablespoons half-and-half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
Cut in butter and blend with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly.  With a fork, stir in lightly beaten egg, vanilla and half-and-half. Blend well with fork, then your hands to ensure thorough blending. Chill dough for one hour for easier rolling.  If you are not rolling the dough, chill for 15 minutes then skip to step 6 for baking.  On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes.  Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sugar or leave plain for decorating with icing.  Bake for 6 - 7 minutes, or until lightly brown.

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