Few treats are easier to make, and cause more joy, than sugar cookies. As we creep into another holiday season, consider practicing your baking skills a bit, and as you get better, you can always throw in your favorite variations for cookies that are one-of-a-kind. The great part about making and baking cookies is that you don’t need to be a fantastic cook to make them, and the fun is had in the simple preparation and decoration of the most delicious reminder that the holidays are back again.
For this dish, you’ll need the following:
• 3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the salt and flour. The best way to do this is to sift the two together using a sifter, but if you don’t have one, mixing them very thoroughly will suffice. Once the salt and flour are combined, add that mixture to the butter and sugar.
4. Once it begins to look like a ball of dough, take it out of the bowl and place it on a clean, floured surface. With your clean hands, shape the dough into the shape of a flat disk. Then wrap it in plastic wrap and throw it in the refrigerator for half an hour.
6. Use cookie cutters to cut your favorite shapes. Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on them. Shortbread is a touchy pastry with a lot of fat in it, which allows it to burn quickly. If the edges are brown, they’re done.
8. When all the cookies are cooked and cooled, you can decorate as you see fit. Frosting, honey, melted chocolate, powdered sugar—there are many, many options for you and your friends and family to choose from when you’re decorating these cookies. Have fun!