Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Deluxe Sugar Cookies

For holidays or anytime, these are the best!


Just for fun!
There is no better sugar cookie, in my opinion, than Deluxe  Sugar Cookies.  The recipe is in that old Betty Crocker cookbook of mine, and I've been making these for over 40 years.  

The taste is special and the cookie itself is so versatile.   You can sugar them, frost them, roll them out & use cookie cutters or shape them by hand.  I've done it all, and never had a complaint yet.  I've even shaped them into a log and sliced them just before baking...like the kind from the grocery store, but better!

In fact, I'll be making these today for two of my grandchildren that are coming to visit for a few days.  I know they'll be excited to have these on the dessert menu!  Who doesn't love sugar cookies?

My Christmas cookie tray wouldn't be the same without these tender, yummy cookies included.   Just posting these makes me want Christmas to come quickly...well, also because I'll be a great-grandma again soon after that! 


Ingredients:

1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
granulated sugar, colored sugar or frosting

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.  Chill for at least 1 hour or until easy to handle.   (If you're making the log, do that now and wrap in waxed paper, then refrigerate.  When chilled, just slice & bake.) 

Divide dough into fourths.  On a surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners' sugar, roll out the dough to 1/4-in. thickness.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining dough.


Bake at 375° for 5-7 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown.  Remove to wire racks to cool.
Homemade Slice & Bake Christmas Sugar Cookies
Frosting:

1 lb. powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened,
1 dash salt,
1 tsp. vanilla (use clear vanilla to keep it white)
1-2 Tbsp. milk
Whisk or whip on mixer all ingredients together till smooth, adding a little milk at a time till it is the right spreading consistency.  Have fun decorating your cookies and include the kiddies!   Enjoy! 
  

4th of July fun!


Yield: 5 dozen (2-inch cookies).





















"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life."  -John 3:16

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