sugar cookies

Easy sugar cookie recipe

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

cookie dough1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter and the cup of sugar until they’re combined. Then add the vanilla and stir that in, too.

flour2. 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.

mix3. Slowly but strongly combine the flour until it is completely mixed together mixture with the sugar mixture.

knead4. 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.

roll5.Place the cooled disk of dough back on the floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough until it’s ½ inch thick.

cut out6. 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.

bake7. When they come out of the oven, place cookies where they can cool for awhile. Then return to the ball of dough, roll it out again, cut some more shapes, and do it all over again.

decorated8. 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!

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