December 05, 2009

The Holiday Baking Has Begun! Annual Snowflake Cookies

This is the sugar cookie recipe I've used for a couple years now and I really like it because not only does it have great flavor, but the dough retains its shape and doesn't spread when baking. This makes it perfect for my snowflake cookies... which incidentally is the first double batch of cookies I made. I then followed up with a couple dozen each of bells, stars, trees, holly leaves and more. I originally posted this recipe two years ago but it's a keeper and it's the one I used again this evening. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 c granulated sugar
1 1/2 c butter, soft
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
4 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cream of tartar
1 t salt

Combine sugar and butter, beat until creamy with your electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Add dry ingredients and mix until blended. Chill dough until it's easy to work with; 30-60 minutes.

On lightly floured surface roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out cookies. Bake at 350 until the edges just start to turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Use your favorite cookie cutter...
here is one of my snowflakes

Naked cookies waiting for some icing!

Letting the icing harden

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