Sugar Cookies

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The holidays always remind me of decorating sugar cookies. This recipe is a simple sugar cookie recipe that doesn’t need any fridge time!

We got this recipe at bakeat350.

Oven Temperature: 350°F
Baking Time: 5-10 min.
Makes: 100 small cookies or 50 large cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
2 sticks butter, cold & cut into chunks
1 egg
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract (or you can use 1 1/4 tsp vanilla instead of both extracts like we did)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a pan with aluminum foil.

In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar.

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Since the butter is cold, it may take a while to get it to cream. If your mixer isn’t very high powered, soften your butter before creaming. If you do this, chill your dough for a couple hours before rolling.

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Add the egg and extracts, and mix.

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Combine the flour and baking powder in a bowl.

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Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl.
Flour your surface and your rolling pin. The dough will be crumbly, but that’s okay.

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Next, take a handful of crumbs and compact them into a ball.

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Put it on your floured surface and roll it 3/8" to 1/4" thick.

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Flour your cookie cutters and cut out your shapes.

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If you have excess flour on your cut outs, dust it off with a brush.

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Then, place your shapes on your cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes.

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Then, form your scraps into a ball and add more dough to it and re-roll. Repeat until you have no more dough left.

When your cookies are done baking, they should be lightly brown on the bottom. When you take them out of the oven, they will be a little soft, so let them sit on the cookie sheets for a few minutes to firm up. Then cool them on a rack.

After the cookies are done baking, head over to our royal icing recipe to decorate! Enjoy!

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